According to an interview Washington Redskins owner Daniel Snyder gave ESPN, the push to go solar came from his kids who urged the football team owner to “go green”. “My kids have always been telling me we should 'Go Green'. They want us to buy a hybrid. They always talk about paper or plastic,” said Snyder. “So I talked to my top executives at the Redskins and asked about ways we can do more for the environment.”
Snyder’s kids will be proud of their dad after the unveiling the Washington Redskins solar installation at FedEx Field. The nearly 2MW project, installed via a partnership with NRG Energy, is said to be the largest installation at an NFL stadium and is anticipated to provide up to 20% of stadium’s power on game days.
Using 8,000 solar panels, and three different types at that, the project’s design includes a shaded parking area in an 841-car lot and 10 electric vehicle-charging stations from NRG’s eVgo charging network. The NRG solar entry plaza at Gate A additionally sports translucent solar panels and a unique 30-foot tall sculpture that was created using thin-film technology.
”I am excited to have the largest solar installation in the region and in the entire NFL in the 4th Congressional District,” said Congresswoman Donna Edwards. ”The partnership between the Redskins and NRG Energy to make this project a reality is a great example of how we can use viable energy solutions to create jobs and reduce our dependence on fossil fuels. I hope this installation will serve as a model for what can be accomplished at other venues across the country.”
Reliant, a subsidiary of NRG, will provide all the electricity to power the Redskins, which are hosting a celebratory “NRG Solar Bowl” during the pre-game on September 18. The NRG Solar Bowl will feature Joe Theismann, Mark Rypien, Joe Montana and Doug Flutie who will be there to help initiate the new solar system while also engaging the fans in the stadiums new sustainable energy initiative.
For an added visual bonus, be sure to check out this video on the ESPN website, which shows the installation of the NRG solar entry plaza through time-lapse photography.