Happy Thanksgiving – its time for turkey and football!
And, if you want a little extra greens, then consider this: the home field of the Philadelphia Eagles – Lincoln Financial Field – will be 100% energy independent next year.
Solar and wind will power the home of the Philadelphia Eagles with the help of SolarBlue by September 2011. A number of 20-foot vertical axis wind turbines will be installed on the roof, as well as 2,500 solar panels on the facade of the stadium. The stadium will also have a 7.6-megawatt onsite dual-fuel cogeneration (biodiesel and natural gas) plant.
The solar and wind system, as well as the power plant will produce enough green energy to power 26,000 homes, off-setting over 480,000 tons of greenhouse gas emissions. More than 200 green jobs will be created, too.
The $30 million solar and wind power project will be installed and operated by SolarBlue for the Philadelphia Eagles under the terms of a power purchase agreement over 20 years. Estimates are that the Eagles will save $60 million on power over the life of the agreement.
Greening the stadium of the Philadelphia Eagles? I’ll take seconds.