It seems so obvious in hindsight, but considering all the empty roof space and unused real estate associated with professional sports facilities, you would think the use of solar for energy production would be a given. You might even wonder why solar wasn’t a part of the plan a long time ago? If so, you might also be surprised that pro sports actually is leading the way in finding new ways of utilizing the power of the sun to offset the costs of energizing the places where these teams practice and play.
This past September, the major sports leagues sent a letter encouraging their member organizations to incorporate solar power into their various venues and facilities. They also distributed a solar development guide, titled Solar Electric Energy for Your Stadium or Arena produced on their behalf by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and Bonneville Environmental Foundation (BEF). The guide outlines the steps necessary for each stadium or facility to add on-site solar power to the energy mix.
The leagues realize how embracing alternative energy has many practical and social benefits. They can lead the way in reducing their environmental impact, become a leader in the sustainable energy movement, provide a positive example to their millions of fans throughout the country, and realize the economic benefits that go along with a move toward energy self-reliance. Some significant installations include:
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