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NFL Stadiums with Renewables: Which Ones Went Solar?

With football season well underway, many of the top NFL stadiums you see every week have done one great thing you probably haven’t noticed. All of the electricity running through these stadiums is now generated by solar power.

While some of these arenas don’t heavily promote that they’ve gone solar, you’ll be surprised at how many there are. It just proves how fast solar technology is starting to advance here in the U.S. and abroad.

So do you wonder which NFL stadiums use solar panels now? Take a look at the most notable arenas taking on renewable energy and using solar technology every day.

Two Super Bowl Arenas Using Solar

The last two Super Bowls were completely run with solar energy, something not widely reported enough. Super Bowl L in 2016 used Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California, an arena known for its powerful solar panels. In fact, it uses a 375 kW solar array on the roof.

Back in 2013, they installed their 49th solar panel frame to make it just one leading stadium in the league to generate significant solar power. They locate their solar panels up on what’s called NRG Solar Terrace, a spot where many hold conferences and other private events.

In total, Levi’s Stadium uses 544 SunPower E20 Series solar panels with a 20% efficiency rate.

Earlier this year, for Super Bowl LI, NRG Stadium in Houston used their solar panels to aid in powering the event. They generate 180 kW of solar energy with their panels installed throughout the facility.

Lincoln Financial Field

Did you know the home of the Philadelphia Eagles generates the strongest solar power of any NFL stadium in the nation? Lincoln Financial Field isn’t new to using solar technology. They started early this decade and managed to install 11,000 solar panels and 14 micro wind turbines.

Altogether, this generates up to 3 MW of energy, now producing four times the power consumed during a season of home game days annually.

Most of the power comes from fixed solar panels installed in the nearby parking lot. They continue to add more solar panels around the stadium in various locations.

While LFF is the top solar generator, other stadiums are starting to catch up.

FedEx Field

The stadium that houses the Washington Redskins is now the second most powerful solar energy arena in the United States. They started going solar in 2011, and they haven’t wavered in keeping their commitment to using renewable energy.

They and the stadiums above teamed with NRG Energy to make this happen. Working with NRG, FedEx Field now has 8,000 solar panels in use. It makes their solar power installation the largest in the Washington, D.C. area.

Beyond solar, they even provide ten electric charging stations on the grounds to show their commitment to saving energy.

Gillette Stadium

Third in line for solar panel use is the home of the New England Patriots. Gillette Stadium also teamed up with NRG Energy to help bring more solar panels to nearby Patriot Place went solar years earlier.

NRG helped the stadium bring an additional 3,000 panels on an adjacent store roof. Now they generate about 1,000 kW of power thanks to both a solar canopy and rooftop panels working in tandem.

Patriot Place already had a strong commitment to lowering energy costs and sustainability practices. Having Gillette Stadium join them makes this all the more powerful and moves them up into the top five solar NFL stadiums.

Behind them are CenturyLink Field in Seattle and above-mentioned Levi’s Stadium, with more likely on the way.

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How Batteries and Energy Storage Are Improving Renewable Energy

Batteries have long fueled the energy need to run our electronics, cars, phones and other portable devices. Developing longer-lasting, more efficient and reliable batteries has been an important aspect of the age of renewable energy. Recently, we have seen trends where the technology began to surpass the less environmentally friendly alternatives of the past and batteries and other energy storage tools have really began to shine. As we know, most renewable sources of energy rely on sources that can come and go and so it is crucial that we are able to harvest this energy when it is available and then store it for later use efficiently and reliably.

Renewable energy storage is growing drastically in recent years. Global storage capacity for solar energy grew 190% and 40% for wind energy between 2006 and 2012 as reported by the International Renewable Energy Agency. The agency also predicts that by 2030, storage capacity will be 9 times what it was in 2013. This is dramatic growth in the industry and shows a large commitment to renewable energy sources. It’s not just commercial growth either as consumers seek to be a part of the movement. Electric car sales are predicted to grow by about 15% annually through 2024 with some manufacturers moving towards an all-electric product line including Tesla and Volvo most notably and others including Ford, General Motors, and many others drastically increasing their electric product lines in the coming years.

While much of the green movement revolves around harvesting renewable energy, many countries, businesses and other entities are heavily investing in the means to store this energy. Places like California are heading towards this quickly! California is already home to nearly 40% of the United States energy storage but they plan to drastically add to this by just 2020. The state has committed to having half of all its energy coming from renewable sources in the same time frame. This is crucial for the future of the movement as California will serve as the beta test for the viability of renewable energy. Other states will be following their example in the very near future as they roll out this technology.

With all new endeavors, there are challenges. This is no different for renewable energy storage. There is a hesitation to move completely into using batteries in the main power grid often citing safety issues, cost and reliability concerns. Batteries can often be quite expensive and have limited lifespans, even rechargeable ones eventually fail due to efficiency issues limiting the amount of recharges available. The most common battery types used for renewable energy are lead-acid batteries which typically have a short cycle and last only about three or four years. Other options with longer cycles are available but they usually carry higher price tags or less stability.

New options are being developed all over the world. The University of Illinois, Chicago has been experimenting with using new materials like Magnesium ions which can move twice as many electrons and expand the cycle of the battery. Japan has been working on a duel-carbon battery that has a charge rate 20 times faster than Lithium-ion batteries. There has been a very recent introduction to the future as well in the realm of solid-state batteries. This means rather than relying on liquid minerals and materials to store the energy, the battery uses a conductive, solid material. Toyota has been scrambling to work out the kinks in this technology to have it ready for commercialization as early as the 2020s. The largest kink being mass production of the technology which will drastically improve driving range in electric vehicles.

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7 Unknown Facts of Why Amazon, Target, K-Mart, and Walmart Decided to Go Solar

As a business that’s decided to stay open 24/7, you’re likely realizing how expensive it is to keep things going day and night. Even if it means more profits if bringing in customers during a.m. hours, your energy usage is perhaps exceeding any ROI.

It’s no secret to you that energy companies continually raise rates and make it more challenging for commercial businesses like yours. Rather than continue this battle, have you considered going solar?

If you’ve been on the fence about using solar panels on your 24/7 business, you might want to take inspiration from other companies that have.

Corporate names like Amazon, Target, K-Mart, and Walmart have all gone solar in recent years. Take a look at seven unknown facts about why they did this to help you make a smarter decision.

1. Amazon Plans to Expand Solar Panels on Their Facilities

Maybe you knew about Amazon going solar lately, but did you know what the extent is lately? This year alone, Amazon plans to use solar technology on 15 of their distribution and sortation centers here in the U.S.

By 2020, the company plans to have solar panels in use on fifty Amazon facilities worldwide. So their ambitions are high in solar use. They even estimate 80% of power for all their facilities can ultimately come from the sun, putting them on the alternative energy map.

2. Amazon is the Largest Corporate Purchaser of Renewable Energy

Recently, Amazon boasted they’ve become the top corporate purchaser of renewable energy in the world. Part of this comes in using solar technology to power all their data centers that run in the cloud.

Before Amazon moved into becoming a solar proponent, it was mostly retail giants using the technology. This is still the case, but now Jeff Bezos’s behemoth may soon move into the top ten in corporate solar use.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]

3. Target Produces the Most Solar Power of Any Corporation

A lot of people don’t know Target recently became the top company in the world to generate the most solar power. With this designation last year, they beat out Walmart for the first time.

Target ended up in this top spot thanks to them installing almost 70 megawatts of solar panels on their facilities throughout 2016.

4. Kmart Has Taken Their Solar Technology Overseas

While you’re aware of Kmart’s presence here in America, they’ve also opened stores in places like Australia. There, they’ve begun using solar technology as a major move in Oz to go solar in all commercial businesses.

Using a 100kW solar system at this Kmart store is going to generate about 148,000 kWh each year. It’s a significant amount that can get them off the country’s energy grid forever.

5. Kmart Promotes the Use of Solar in Their Products

Once Kmart decided to use solar technology, they also started producing products promoting the idea. One such product is a toy for kids that allows them to build their own mini solar house.

This unique toy works in real life. Just set the toy out in the sun and your children can watch the little house come to life as a primer on how solar energy works.

6. Walmart Wants to Invest More in Energy Storage

With Walmart being one of the first major corporations to use solar technology in 2005, they’ve continually moved forward to expand their solar horizons.

Recently, they announced they want to invest in more energy storage facilities to enable renewables. They’ve already invested in these facilities throughout California in addition to continuing their solar panel use on their company buildings.

7. Walmart’s Goal By 2020: 100% Renewable Energy

As with the companies above, Walmart has an agenda to expand their solar energy use by 2020. Their immediate plan is to become fueled 100% by renewable energy during that year.

Their other goal is to reduce by 20% their energy per square foot intensity on all their facilities around the globe.

 

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