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Bertrand Piccard Expresses Support for Formula E

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Initiator and Pilot of Solar Impulse, Bertrand Piccard, publically announced his support for Formula E at the Supercharged show this week.

He welcomed the all-electric car race series and cited them as a leader in raising awareness about electric cars and in showing that they can be as practical and quick as fuel-powered cars.

Supercharged Presenter, Nicki Shields, said: “Formula E is for car racing, what Solar Impulse is for aviation… It’s a new laboratory showing how clean technology can be sexy. It’s not anymore about something that is boring and expensive; it’s something that really attracts the awareness of people. It’s spectacular.”

The Solar Impulse 2, piloted by Bertrand Piccard and Andre Borschberg, completed the first solar-powered circumnavigation of the world last summer.

The solar plane was equipped with 17,000 solar cells and four batteries which were powering four engines.

Bertrand Piccard said: “It feels like science fiction… You look at the sun and you look at your four electric motors turning the propellers and you have no noise, no pollution, no fuel and you know you can fly forever … it’s the wonders and miracles that clean technologies can achieve.”

Read the full story here.

Legend Solar Named Presenting Sponsor of Portland Trail Blazers Energy Green Game

Via Business Wire

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Legend Solar, one of the fastest-growing solar power companies in the West, announced today it is the three-year presenting sponsor of the Portland Trail Blazers Energy Green Game, which includes a promotional sponsorship that involves branding and concourse activities throughout each season.

The Legend Solar sponsorship helps support the Trail Blazers’ efforts to protect the planet and community to ensure a brighter future for generations to come.

“As a solar power provider, we are committed to saving energy through solar power initiatives and supporting the communities in which we do business,” said Shaun Alldredge, co-founder and co-owner of Legend Solar. “Our sponsorship with the Portland Trail Blazers allows us to support one of our favorite sports teams, and help improve the quality of people’s lives through education about solar power.”

The Trail Blazers’ Energy Green Game will be held April 8 against the Utah Jazz. As the presenting sponsor, Legend Solar will educate fans about the benefits of solar power for their homes and businesses. Throughout each season of the sponsorship, Legend Solar will also hold concourse events for fans to interact and learn more about solar power, in addition to participating in various promotional activities at Trail Blazers’ games and on trailblazers.com.

“Solar is providing clean energy alternatives,” said Trail Blazers Senior Vice President of Revenue Steve Scott. “Our partnership with Legend Solar will allow us to utilize our Energy Green Game as a platform to educate our fans on clean energy alternatives and encourage them to take action in their communities.”

Read the full press release here.

Sacramento’s Golden Opportunity

by Jarah Wright
Arena Digest

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Construction continues as the Sacramento Kings’ new arena, the Golden 1 Center, looks to open in October, just in time for the 2016-2017 NBA season. According to the arena’s website, the project has encompassed four city blocks including the arena and the downtown commons area. Along with the arena, there will be 1.5 million square feet of additional development that includes office space, retail space, hotels, and residential units. There will also be a new state-of-the-art sports medicine facility, with the Kings teaming up with Kaiser Permanente.

The project has been innovative for several reasons: technology and sustainability. The Kings’ owner is tech mogul Vivek Ranadivé, so it’s no wonder that the Golden 1 Center will have as many bells and whistles as possible. In a report released in January, the Kings laid out their plans which included partnering with Comcast Business, Commscope, and Valley Communications to build more than 900 miles of fiber and copper cabling to enhance all communications and deliver data extremely fast with the Internet connection estimated to be 17,000 times faster than if you were at home.

Sustainability has been another aspect of this project with the new Golden 1 Center looking to earn a LEED-Gold certification, which is a rating system that measures the design, construction, and operation of high performance green buildings. The Golden 1 Center will be carbon and grid neutral and will be utilizing regionally sourced materials and only FSC-Certifed wood, an international standard of quality and responsible forest management.

According to the arena’s website, 100 percent of the arena’s energy will come from solar energy sourced within 50 miles of the arena. About 85 percent of the energy will come from the Sacramento Municipality Utility District via Rancho Seco Solar Array while the remaining 15 percent will come from the roof of the arena, where solar panels will be installed. The arena will also use a displacement ventilation system to reduce use of overhead fans and its food and beverage program will source 90 percent of the arena’s ingredients from producers within 150 miles. With all of the new green additions to the arena, the Golden 1 Center has been chosen to host the 2017 Green Sports Alliance Summit.

Read the full article here.

Click here to register for the 2017 Green Sports Alliance Summit at the Golden 1 Center in Sacramento!

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