Levi’s Stadium Announces Completion of NRG Solar Terrace as Facility Awaits LEED Gold Certification
- Jul 24, 2014
The San Francisco 49ers are moving to Santa Clara, as the newly-completed Levi’s Stadium will be the home of the NFL franchise starting with the upcoming season. The facility’s developer, the Santa Clara Stadium Authority, the San Francisco 49ers and NRG Energy Inc. recently announced the completion of the NRG Solar Terrace and the new photovoltaic systems for the three NRG Energy Bridges. This makes Levi’s Stadium the first stadium in the country that is home to a professional football team with LEED-level standards built into the design specs and architecture.
The amount of technological innovation introduced at the $1.2 billion, 68,983-seat facility is worthy of LEED Gold level certification. The sports arena will use a 375 kW solar installation, consisting of 1,150 solar panels installed on the NRG Solar Terrace, as well as the three NRG Energy Bridges as an important part of the power generation. The E20/327-watt solar panels used were provided by Levi’s Stadium’s official solar tech partner, SunPower Corp. The three bridges will act as the main entry and exit avenues to the stadium, and will also provide shade on warm game days. A host of environmentally friendly features are also part of the package at the stadium, including six eVgo electric vehicle charging stations in the Great America parking lot, with the capacity of charging up to 12 vehicles.
The President of the San Francisco 49ers, Paraag Marathe said that “the vision for an energy-efficient and visually-stunning stadium has been realized.”
Marathe also said that the developers never deviated from their original plans for the project, with sustainability always being one of the key elements of the planning process for the stadium.
NRG has made Levi’s Stadium its seventh stadium for college or pro football where it has installed its products. The other venues that have benefited from the company’s clean energy solutions are FedExField, NRG Stadium, Lincoln Financial Field, MetLife Stadium, Patriot Place and Arizona State’s Sun Devil Stadium.