As sports enthusiasts around the U.S. get ready for Super Bowl 50, Rhone Resch, president and CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), has highlighted the role solar power will play during the big game on Sunday.
“The solar industry is counting down to the kickoff between the Denver Broncos and the Carolina Panthers, not just because we love the game, the multi-million-dollar advertisements and the A-list halftime entertainment, but also because solar energy – our MVP – will be playing a starring role,” says Resch in a new blog post.
As he points out, this year’s Super Bowl will take place in Santa Clara, Calif., at Levi’s Stadium. The stadium usually serves as the home base for the San Francisco 49ers, and the facility features solar installations by NRG Energy with over 1,150 solar panels from SunPower totaling 375 kW.
“The first area of the NRG solar installation is the three NRG Bridges that lead fans into Levi’s from the Red Parking Lot,” explains Resch. “The second is the NRG Solar Terrace, which overlooks the football field and Silicon Valley from the top of the stadium.”
He says football stadiums throughout the country are continuing to embrace on-site solar.
“As NFL teams look for ways to keep their hometown fans cheering, investing in money-saving, 21st-century technology like solar is a touchdown in everyone’s playbook,” he concludes.
The full blog post and an infographic are available here.