The Top 5 US Solar-Powered Sports Stadiums

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The Top 5 US Solar-Powered Sports Stadiums

US sports stadiums are among the largest and most impressive in the world. They also consume huge amounts of power during events. Here are the top 5 US stadiums that use solar power and how these systems benefit the venue and local areas.

Image of Mercedes Benz Stadium in Atlanta at night; one of the top 5 solar-powered stadiums in America.
Mercedes Benz Stadium in Atlanta; one of the top 5 solar-powered stadiums in America. Image: Unsplash

Sports stadiums have a significant impact on the environment due to their size and energy requirements, which is why many stadiums are now adopting sustainability practices like reusable beer mugs in Germany.

For a bigger impact, like a sustainable power supply, many turn to solar power systems.

Top 5 US Stadiums with Solar Power

  1. Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, is home to the NFL’s Philadelphia Eagles and the Temple University Owls football team. The stadium boasts an impressive 11,000 solar panels that generate up to 3 MW of power. This means the stadium can produce up to 4 times the energy it needs on game day, which is then fed back into the grid. This not only saves money on energy bills but also reduces carbon emissions, making the stadium more environmentally friendly.
  2. Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia, is home to the NFL’s Atlanta Falcons and Major League Soccer’s Atlanta United FC. The stadium features 4,000 solar panels that generate up to 1.6 MW of power. This is enough to power over 10 Atlanta Falcons home games, and any excess power is also fed back into the grid. The stadium has been awarded LEED Platinum certification, which is the highest level of certification for sustainable buildings.
  3. Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, North Carolina, is home to the NFL’s Carolina Panthers and Charlotte FC of Major League Soccer. The stadium has over 5,800 solar panels that generate up to 1.6 MW of power. The solar panels cover an area of 1.02 hectares, and the system is expected to offset over 610 metric tons of carbon emissions annually. This is equivalent to the energy consumption of around 62 homes.
  4. Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts, is home to the NFL’s New England Patriots and Major League Soccer’s New England Revolution and features over 3,000 solar panels that generate up to 1 MW of power. This is enough to power around 83 homes for a year. The stadium also has an advanced energy management system that allows it to monitor and control its energy use, further reducing its carbon footprint.
  5. Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California, is home to the NFL’s San Francisco 49ers. The stadium features over 1,150 solar panels that generate up to 375 kW of power. This is enough to power around 600 homes for an hour. The stadium also has several other sustainable features, such as a green roof that helps regulate the stadium’s temperature and reduces the need for air conditioning.

Bonus: Top 5 European Stadiums with Solar Power

Information on the amount of solar power generated by European sports stadiums is not as readily available as for U.S. stadiums. However, based on available information, the top 5 European sports stadiums that use solar power are:

  1. Stade de Suisse – Bern, Switzerland: This stadium has 1,700 solar panels that generate up to 1.3 MW of power.
  2. Amsterdam ArenA – Amsterdam, Netherlands: This stadium has 4,200 solar panels that generate up to 1.2 MW of power.
  3. Stade Pierre-Mauroy – Lille, France: This stadium has 6,000 solar panels that generate up to 1 MW of power.
  4. Juventus Stadium – Turin, Italy: This stadium has 1,200 solar panels that generate up to 420 kW of power.
  5. San Mamés Stadium – Bilbao, Spain: This stadium has over 300 solar panels that generate up to 60 kW of power.

Overall, these sports stadiums are making a significant impact on reducing their carbon footprint and promoting the use of renewable energy. Not only are they reducing their energy bills and generating excess power that can be fed back into the grid, but they’re also setting an example for other sports stadiums to follow.

Renewable energy sources are an important part of the fight against climate change, and cultural, social and entertainment venues are not exempt from this trend. By adopting more sustainable practices, we can all do our part in protecting the environment for future generations – even solar-powered sports stadiums. 

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