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The 2018 Super Bowl Stadium Offsets 100% Of Its Own Energy

Green Matters
By Brian Spaen

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The home of the Minnesota Vikings will be this year’s host for Super Bowl LII. While the team and fan base have to be disappointed in coming up just one game short of being in the championship game, they should be proud of their new stadium. Why? It offsets 100 percent of its electricity with renewable energy credits and uses a number of energy-efficient technologies. In fact, it’s LEED-Gold Certified.

As a cool aesthetic touch, the stadium’s massive windows and ETFE roof (ethlyene-tetra-fluoro-ethylene) provides amazing views of Minneapolis and gives it the feel of still playing outside without the cold weather.

Not only is this the first time ETFE has been used on such a major scale, but a signature design is the Legacy Gate, which has five of the world’s largest glass doors that are from 75 to 95 feet tall. By allowing so much light into the stadium, and with the majority of NFL games played during the day, this cuts out the need for so much artificial lighting.

How is the US Bank Stadium actually offsetting its energy use? 40 percent of the roof that uses zinc cladding provides additional heat in the winter or cooling relief in the summer, and it’s durable enough to withstand harsh winters. Compared to the old Metrodome, US Bank Stadium uses 16 percent less energy and 26 percent less lighting. The latter was achieved by using LED lighting that can turn on and off quickly and can change color. This is handy during pregame or halftime entertainment, or when a different event is happening inside the stadium.

US Bank Stadium is partnering with the NFL during the Super Bowl to recover more than 90 percent of stadium waste that will be generated on Sunday. Called “Rush2Recycle,” this effort hopes to sort recyclables from standard trash, compost food service ware, and will encourage those at the stadium to recycle or compost their garbage.

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Padres Installing Baseball’s Biggest Solar Project

The San Diego Union Tribune

The $1 million solar project is expected to be finished by the Padres' home opener March 29. Photo Credit: San Diego Union Tribune.

The $1 million solar project is expected to be finished by the Padres’ home opener March 29. Photo Credit: Sullivan Solar Power.

Petco Park is about to become home to the largest solar power system in Major League Baseball.

  • Workers have begun to install a 336,520-watt project, with 716 solar modules that can produce more than 12 million kilowatt-hours of electricity in the next 25 years.
  • The project will be large — bigger than the solar systems installed by seven other teams combined.
  • The system will be installed on the stadium’s roof and is expected to be ready by the Padres’ season opener March 29.

The Padres go big on solar: Here’s the full story

There are no guarantees how the rebuilding Padres will do this coming season but on the energy front, the team is about to become baseball’s undisputed leader in the solar standings.

Construction of the largest solar power system in Major League Baseball has begun at Petco Park — a 336,520-watt project comprised of 716 high-efficiency, 470-watt solar modules expected to produce more than 12 million kilowatt-hours over the next 25 years.

Seven other teams in the majors have installed solar facilities in recent years but at a Wednesday news conference announcing the plans, officials said the Padres’ solar array will be larger than all the other teams’ facilities combined.

“This project really checked all the boxes for us,” said Erik Greupner, Padres chief operating officer. “It’s something that will generate energy savings for us over time and it’s consistent with the priorities to our fan base and to the city of San Diego.”

Workers from San Diego-based Sullivan Solar Power began installing the modules earlier this week and the Padres anticipate the project will be wrapped up in time for the team’s season opener March 29 against Milwaukee.

Volta Partners with Sports Venues to Keep Fans and Teams Charged Up

By Volta Charging


Volta Free EV Charging Station at Oakland Alameda County Coliseum in Oakland, CA

For Volta, partnering with stadiums is an important component of its strategy to continue to expand its network of free, media-sponsored EV charging stations.  Stadiums are a natural partner as many fans and players are now driving electric vehicles and looking for infrastructure solutions within their communities to help support charging needs.  As stadiums are highly visible and iconic locations within their markets, there is no better place to demonstrate a strong commitment to providing a truly valuable community amenity.

A Shared Vision to Support EV Charging

The shared vision of ownership and management helped to put the needs of the community and fans first by providing Volta’s free, media-enabled EV charging stations to all EV drivers regardless of make and model of their vehicle. Stadium leadership also embraced the Volta stations because the project aligned with ongoing corporate sustainability and social responsibility efforts in a tangible and demonstrable way.

Experience Informs Solutions

Volta has designed and built its network by working with a variety of partners (e.g. top REITs, Whole Foods, Macy’s and Saks), each with specific needs and objectives. While there are many similarities, no two installations are exactly alike.  This experience allowed Volta to create a plan to implement Level 2 charging at the Coliseum and the United Center in highly visible and desirous locations. Volta provided all infrastructure at no cost to the stadiums and maintains the stations for free over the life of the relationship.  This model ensures a seamless and convenient experience for fans, the community and management.

Win-Win -Win: The Community, Venues and Sponsors All Benefit

All fans and visitors to the stadiums will use and/or engage with Volta stations helping drive three positive effects:

Fulfilling Growing Demand: As electric vehicle sales continue to explode, additional EV charging infrastructure is critical to a successful shift to clean transportation and meeting charging needs.

Tangible Fan Benefits: Volta stations deliver up to 60 free electric miles during the time of the typical national sporting event, providing real rewards to fans that support their teams & values of sustainability by driving electric vehicles to the events.

Positive Brand Impact: Sponsors of Volta stations not only garner benefits by advertising to fans, but also gain a halo effect by supporting a valuable community amenity and demonstrating their commitment to the community and the environment. In addition,  one of the digital ads is reserved for Volta stadium partners giving them similar benefits to sponsors. Third party research has shown that this halo effect can produce double-digit lifts in pro-community attributes.

Coliseum Fans Mark a Milestone on Green Sports Day 2017

Coliseum fans charged their 7,917th mile on October 6, 2017 – exactly enough free electric miles to stretch across the diameter of the earth. It was a fitting symbol to demonstrate that iconic sports teams and venues can have a meaningful impact on the environment when they take steps to support sustainable practices.

United Center Leads the Way to Electric

Charging stations at the United Center help drive demand in a city that has not yet entered the top-ten list for electric vehicle adoption. By stepping up to provide EV charging stations, the United Center becomes a city-wide leader in empowering members of the local community to adopt clean transportation.

Volta Charging Aligns with Sustainability Values

Providing free charging supports Volta’s stadium partners’ overall goals to deliver positive environmental benefits to their local community. Joe Myrha, the United Center’s VP of Business Affairs, said, “we are excited to be partnering with Volta to bring its stations to our arena and provide visitors with a convenient and easy way to charge their vehicles. Volta’s model aligns perfectly with our plan to work towards sustainability and enables our patrons to take a personal stake in a viable future.”

The leadership team at AEG who manages the Coliseum supported Volta because the project aligned with the company’s ongoing efforts to reduce its environmental impact, raise awareness about environmental issues with the public, and promote its commitment to sustainability. In San Francisco, fan and player requests for EV charging had become increasingly frequent in one of the top EV adoption hotspots in the country.

Third-party research shows that up to 65% of people who see Volta’s free charging stations say they will consider an electric car the for their next vehicle, so with over 2.5 million visitors annually, the United Center is poised to make a major impact in the perception and consideration of electric vehicles.

“Third-party research shows that up to 65% of people who see Volta’s free charging stations say they will consider an electric car the for their next vehicle.”

Volta Free EV Charging Station at the United Center in Chicago, IL

Volta Free EV Charging Station at the United Center in Chicago, IL

About Volta

Since its founding in 2010, Volta has delivered over 15 million electric miles and saved 136,000 gallons of gas, while offsetting 6.6 million pounds of CO2. Its free, convenient stations create four times the usage per-port of the average charging network, maximizing the EV charging benefits that iconic venues provide to local communities.

Volta GSA Contact: Patricia Spanier | patricia@voltacharging.com

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