The Lions become the 12th NFL franchise to add solar power to their facilities, furthering a growing trend that now includes 38% of the league.
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The Detroit Lions are among the NFL’s leaders – now there’s a phrase you don’t hear often – in utilizing solar power. This past week North Carolina’ s Power Home Solar announced a partnership with the team that includes solar projects at both Ford Field and team training facilities in nearby Allen Park.
With this announcement comes a major milestone for solar in the NFL: each of the league’s eight divisions now include at least one team with solar capabilities. The NFL leads the four major North American pro sports leagues in terms of the number of teams with installed capacity at 12 – 33% more than the MLB and NBA and 200% more than the NHL.
There may be more to come, as Power Home co-founder Jayson Waller told pv magazine that the company is in negotiations for further developments with the Lions, as well as multiple other stadiums in the upper midwest.
While Waller declined to reveal the installed wattage, he was able to share that the project is using panels made in Texas by Mission Solar, with Solar Edge 3-phase inverters.
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A football team in England’s lower leagues is taking bold steps to become truly low-carbon and sustainable.
Forest Green Rovers, currently sitting in the fourth tier of English football, has signed up to the UN’s Climate Neutral Now initiative for the upcoming 2018/2019 season.
The move makes the small football club the first in the world to make such a commitment.
It is the latest in the club’s transition to sustainability following its purchase by Dale Vince, owner of local green energy company Ecotricity.
As chairman, Mr Vince has driven forward a change to an all-vegan menu; building electric vehicle charging points; new solar panels on its stadium roof, and even installing a solar-powered lawnmower.
The club’s radical transformation into a green sports pioneer has not gone unnoticed outside of its hometown of Nailsworth in Gloucestershire. Last year, The Vegan Society accredited the club with its own trademark and it also beat Manchester United to win a sustainability in sport award from The Climate Coalition.
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By Tim Sylvia
When you think of a day at the ballpark, what do you think of? The crack of the bat? The squeaking of shoes on hardwood? Paying $7 for an ice cream that will end up on your child’s equally overpriced team shirt instead of in their mouth, all so they can collect the souvenir cup that they’re just going to lose anyway? Regardless of what you think abut now, a growing number of teams are adding another attraction to their venues and your nostalgia – solar arrays.
According to a recent report by the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), 37 venues in the United States alone have solar capabilities, totaling 46 MW of capacity.
All four major sports leagues are included, as well as Major League Soccer, NASCAR and Indycar. Of the four major leagues, the NFL leads the way with 11 stadiums/facilities having solar capabilities, followed by the NBA and MLB at 9 and the NHL at 4.
“This data is further proof that solar energy is a meaningful contributor to America’s energy portfolio,” said SEIA president and CEO Abigail Ross Hopper in a release touting the study. “Ballparks and stadiums nationwide are investing in solar to save money on costly electricity bills and demonstrating that clean energy is a smart business choice for the future. Solar is becoming so commonplace on sports stadiums and arenas that all of the 2018 champions thus far have been teams with solar facilities – the Philadelphia Eagles, Golden State Warriors and the Washington Capitals right here in D.C.”
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