The Philadelphia Eagles’ Lincoln Financial Field will be the first major sports stadium in the world to generate all its electricity from renewable sources, said Thursday the leaders of the football team.
The club league American football, the NFL plans to install solar panels, wind turbines and a power plant alternative fuel, which the leaders will allow the Eagles to save $60 million in electricity costs more than 20 years.
These savings “shows that sustainable energy policies are consistent with good business practices,” said club owner Jeffrey Lurie, in a ceremony at the field for 70 thousand spectators.
The Eagles have a contract with Solar Blue, a renewable energy company based in Orlando, to install 80 wind turbines of 6.1 meters at the top of the stadium, plus some 2,500 solar panels.
The turbines and panels will contribute about 15 percent of production, while the rest will be generated by a plant that can run on biofuels or natural gas.
The new facility will generate at least 8.6 megawatts (MW) of electricity, above the maximum of 7 MW used by the stadium on game days, said the president of Solar Blue, Lee Maher.
Excess power is sold to a local utility.
The energy generated by the new program would be sufficient to supply 26 000 homes and reduce emissions of greenhouse gases equivalent to the withdrawal of 41 000 cars off the road, “said Christina Lurie, wife of Maher and who directs the Go Green environmental program .
The club, whose players wear green uniforms, have been operating a program of sustainability in the past seven years, and has aggressive goals for recycling, composting and purchasing materials from renewable sources.
The NFL commissioner, Roger Goodell, said other teams might try to follow the example of the Eagles.
“I think we will see this as an opportunity to do the same, because they want to do the right thing in their communities,” said Goodell.
Electric vehicle with lithium batteries do not emit CO2 or damage the environment if the electricity comes from renewables such as wind, solar photovoltaic and solar thermal or thermal. Wind turbines can supply electricity to electric vehicles in the future will also serve to store and regulate the electricity intermittent wind energy sector.