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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!

Bringing Solar Power And Jobs To Low-Income Neighborhoods


@CNNMoney

Mark Davis used to be a professional basketball player for the NBA. But what he most wants to be known for is bringing solar power and jobs to low-income neighborhoods.

His company, WDC Solar, not only provides free solar energy to low-income residents in Washington, D.C., but it has also created close to 20 jobs in the area — with pay that starts at $15 to $23 an hour.

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Mark Davis (center) is not only bringing free solar power to low-income neighborhoods but he is also creating jobs.

“It’s a great way for people with just a GED to get into an industry that’s growing rapidly and do well for themselves — if they are willing to work hard,” said Davis.

Another added bonus: Davis said residents save 30% to 35% on their energy bills after solar panels are installed. “It’s money that is staying, going towards groceries, medication, education,” he said.

Davis founded WDC in 2009 after realizing that it was mainly wealthy people who could afford the upfront cost to install solar power and they were reaping the added extra reward of hefty tax credits for using the renewable energy. “They were wealthy and taking advantage of incentives to pay off the installation over the years,” he said.

Read the full article here.

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