It didn’t take to long for Philadelphia to realize they can make even more money off of the Lincoln Financial Field. Besides the high price ticket football now the stadium is going to go green and save some green and in the future get some even more green. Allow me to explain. The Eagles Organization announced today the “Declaration of Energy Independence” initiative.
What does that mean exactly? Good question. Basically Philadelphia Eagles will now “pimp” out the stadium with a few Eco Friendly additives and bring down the cost they bring to the electrical grid. In turn they will save some money and after the 20 year contract is up they can then MAKE money selling some of the energy they create back into the grid.
See folks saving money can in turn make you money. Thanks to the partnership with SolarBlue the Eagles will be installing 80 spiral small-wind turbines around the perimeter of the stadium roof, 2,500 solar panels on the stadium’s facade and canopies, and a 7.6-megawatt dual-fuel co-generation plant adjacent to the stadium that will run on biodiesel fuel and natural gas, SolarBlue CEO Lee Maher announced.
The split for energy generation will be 70/15/15, with 70 percent of the stadium’s energy being generated by the biodiesel/natural gas co-generation plant, and solar and wind systems each producing 15 percent.
Per the terms of the deal, SolarBlue will invest an estimated $30 million to convert the stadium into a self-generating facility. In exchange, the Eagles have signed a 20-year contract in which it will pay SolarBlue for the electricity at an agreed annual price. The Eagles estimate that the deal will save the franchise $60 million in energy costs over the next 20 years.
After the 20-year mark, the Eagles will then be free to use its self-generated electricity and sell any excess back to the electric grid. It’s estimated the stadium will generate approximately 1.039 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity annually, enough to power about 26,000 homes, according to SolarBlue.
According to both SolarBlue and the Philadelphia Eagles owners fans need not worry about the wind turbines disturbing their favorite team running up and down the field as the wind turbines chosen run quiet and will not both natural wildlife in the area. Now I am going to take some bets and see how long it will take for a fan to throw toilet paper into the wind turbines and get kicked out. I will bet 8 games into the new stadium.
You can take a look at the artist rendering of what the new stadium will look like come September 2011 at PhiladelphiaEagles.com and learn more about how you can change your electricity habits. Philadelphia’s “Greenest City in America” initiative is looking good so far wonder what is next on the list of Green Changes.
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