San Francisco 49ers' New Stadium Goes Solar

10/31/2013 |

The first phase of the solar installation at Levi's Stadium is completed.

NRG Energy lifts the 49th solar frame into place, completing phase one of the solar installation at Levi's Stadium, the future home of the San Francisco 49ers. (Photo: Business Wire)

The San Francisco 49ers are one step closer to calling Levi’s Stadium home. Phase one of the solar installation has been completed. This significant construction milestone is an integral part of Levi’s Stadium becoming the first facility used by an NFL team to have sustainability and LEED certification standards incorporated into its design and architecture, according to NRG Energy.

The 49 solar frames installed are part of the stadium’s NRG Solar Terrace on the West side of the venue. The solar frames cover 9,574-square-feet of the suite roof with a total of 544 solar panels, with an efficiency of 20%. Once completed, Levi’s Stadium will also include three solar panel covered NRG Energy Bridges, which will serve as the main entry and exit to the stadium.

“The vision for Levi’s Stadium has always been to create a venue that is an economically and environmentally sustainable showcase for innovation,” said San Francisco 49ers President Gideon Yu. “With phase one of the solar installation now complete, we are one step closer to making that vision a reality.”

In total, the solar arrays at Levi’s Stadium should have a combined peak capacity of about 375 kW. The amount of solar energy generated annually is expected to be enough to offset the power consumed at the stadium during 49ers regular season home games.

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