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Solar at the Stadium

PV Magazine
By Tim Sylvia

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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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MLB Celebrates ‘Earth Day’ by Highlighting Sustainability Efforts

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Major League Baseball is celebrating ‘Earth Day’ (Sunday, April 22nd) by highlighting a variety of league-wide sustainability efforts activated by MLB and its clubs. Key initiatives include ‘GREEN TEAMS’ and sustainability-focused activations during MLB All-Star Week in Washington, D.C., partnerships with Arizona State University & Change the Course, front office volunteer efforts as well as efforts led by MLB Clubs.

‘GREEN TEAMS’ & Sustainable Activations During 2018 All-Star Week
Major League Baseball will continue to support sustainable efforts during its Midsummer Classic in Washington, D.C. this coming July. During All-Star Week (Thursday, July 12th-Tuesday, July 17th), MLB will partner with George Washington University and Georgetown University to activate ‘GREEN TEAMS,’ a group of students that encourages environmental awareness during MLB All-Star events. ‘GREEN TEAM’ efforts include a college course with a sustainability focus, collecting recyclables at ballpark and community events, and educating fans on positive environmental practices. ‘GREEN TEAM’ members will also participate in a special All-Star environmental volunteer event at Richard England Clubhouse #14 of Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington.

MLB will also seek to offset the environmental footprint of player travel, to and from Washington, D.C., as well as offsetting energy and water used at Nationals Park by purchasing renewable energy credits and water restoration credits in conjunction with the Bonneville Environmental Foundation and the Change the Course program. Additionally, MLB will encourage fans to walk or take public transportation in between events with a special ‘Kaiser Permanente All-Star Green Path.’

Special Spring Training Activations with Arizona State University & Change the Course
Major League Baseball and Arizona State University collaborated on a unique and groundbreaking sustainability partnership during 2018 Spring Training presented by Camping World. Salt River Fields at Talking Stick, the Spring Training home of the Arizona Diamondbacks and Colorado Rockies, was the focus site of the “Recycle Rally” initiative that tested and implemented zero waste strategies with the overarching goals of reducing landfill impact, increasing operational efficiencies, and improving the fan experience across all Cactus League ballparks.

MLB also partnered with Change the Course, a national freshwater restoration campaign, to offset 100% of water usage in the Cactus League this year by rehabilitating endangered watersheds. MLB balanced the water footprint of the Cactus League and helped restore five million gallons of freshwater in critically depleted rivers and streams across Arizona. The offset of water funded the Colorado River Basin and tributaries, primarily supporting the Verde River.

Upcycling With Refried Tees
As part of its green initiative, Major League Baseball recognizes upcycling as an innovative means toward a green and sustainable future. In support of those efforts, MLB licensee Refried Tees is proud to display MLB’s Official Green Label on its Twice-Baked™ Apparel. Refried Tees helps teams and licensees cycle surplus inventory back into the marketplace by transforming dead-stock tee shirts and jerseys into stylish apparel such as dresses, skirts and t-shirts.

MLB Front Office to Volunteer at Local Variety Boys & Girls Clubs
April 21st in Queens, N.Y. – In celebration of Earth Day, front office employees at MLB, MLB Network and MLB Advanced Media will volunteer at the Variety Boys & Girls Club in Queens, N.Y. Volunteers will be tasked with revitalizing the Club, including planting flowers and building raised planters for the garden, enhancing the media room and building a small, portable library for Club members.

MLB to Donate Excess Food Following ‘MLB FoodFest’
Following the first-ever ‘MLB FoodFest’, Major League Baseball will donate excess food to City Harvest, the world’s first food rescue organization, dedicated to helping feed the nearly 1.3 million New Yorkers facing hunger. ‘MLB Foodfest’ is a one-of-a kind indoor food festival featuring special selections from each of the 30 MLB Clubs served under one roof. The event will be held over two days beginning on Saturday, April 21st and concluding on Sunday, April 22nd in New York City.

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Member Highlight: NextEra’s Clean Energy Solutions for Sports and Entertainment Venues

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NextEra Energy Resources (NextEra), together with its affiliated entities, is a clean-energy leader and the world’s largest operator of renewable energy from the wind and sun, as well as one of the largest wholesale generators of electric power in the U.S.  In December, NextEra partnered with Green Sports Alliance to educate Alliance member organizations in California on implementing renewable energy solutions.

Stadiums and entertainment venues have significant exposure to energy costs because of both the amount and time of day that energy is used.  The timing of the energy consumed at venues often increases the expense through high demand charges from the utility, and can even reduce the cost-effectiveness of energy-saving installations like LEDs.  NextEra works with customers nationwide to identify the optimal solution to address those costs and meet sustainability goals using a variety of technologies, financing structures, local programs, and incentives.

Why should your team care about renewable energy?

  • Lower Your Energy Costs – Smarter energy strategies can help stadiums stabilize and reduce expenses. There are even opportunities to create revenue if stadiums partner with the local utility to enhance grid stability.
  • Enhance Your Brand – Sustainability is simply a matter of doing the right thing, and fans and sponsors alike want to be associated with that.  Plus, you can demonstrate your commitment to the community by bringing jobs and clean energy.
  • Build in Resiliency – At the Super Bowl in 2013, a power surge at the Superdome created a blackout, after equipment sensed an abnormality in the system from a Beyoncé halftime show with extravagant lighting and video effects. Having a backup system such as energy storage can significantly reduce the negative impacts of system issues and give your stadium a reliability edge.

NextEra considers a venue’s individual load profile, sustainability goals, and energy costs to identify and deliver a tailored solution from start to finish.  The breadth of NextEra’s expertise allows it to customize solutions to fit a customer’s unique needs, from on-site solar and energy storage, to EV charging stations, renewable energy credits and community solar gardens.  For example, NextEra’s community solar gardens allow subscribers, including a professional sports team in Minnesota, to purchase a fixed amount of solar power without having to install a system on their own property.

Read more about NextEra’s solar gardens.

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