The NFL is putting solar panels all over the place!

According to David Krichavsky, the NFL’s director of media affairs, “It makes great sense from the public awareness standpoint, but it’s also good business sense. It’s one of those things that’s a double or triple win. . . . We believe that we are responsible in our community to act responsibly on multiple fronts, but also in environmental leadership.”

Artists rendering of solar panels, expected to decrease game-day energy use at FedEx Field by 15 percent and provide 850 covered parking spaces.

Artist's rendering of solar panels, expected to decrease game-day energy use at FedEx Field by 15 percent and provide 850 covered parking spaces.

That was written in an article in last week’s Washington Post about installations at FedEx Field (Washington Redskins), Lincoln Financial Field (Philadelphia Eagles), and Qwest Field (Seattle Seahawks).

The reason this is happening is that sporting arenas provide great publicity for solar and other renewables. They also reach a broader audience than renewable energy installations normally would. Plus, they cut utility bills, and there are all kinds of state and federal incentives available to install them.

Despite all this innovative thinking, the University of Michigan continues to argue that solar panels on the Big House aren’t cost effective. Certainly the Leaders & the Best can come up with something better than just tucking an installation on North Campus’s former Pfizer site?

If you haven’t signed it already, here’s our petition for solar panels on the Big House. If you have, then we hope you’ll help us get to our goal by sharing the petition with others.

2 comments to The NFL is putting solar panels all over the place!

  • monica

    Hi Phil,

    Have you checked the list at MichiganSaves.org (http://www.michigansaves.org/Portals/0/Homeowners/Authorized%20Contractors.pdf)? It’s a pretty comprehensive list of all kinds of contractors in the state of Michigan. The nice thing about it is that these contractors could help you get a low-interest loan via the Michigan SAVES program to help you with the costs of your installation.

    If you’d like to speak to some folks who have installations, let me know — I’m happy to send a message to some of the homeowners I know and introduce you.

    Also, if you’re willing to write up a blog post about lessons you’ve learned to help others do the same, that would be phenomenal.

    Take care,
    Monica

  • Phil Barr

    Hi,
    Does anyone know of local non-profit and or contractors working on PV Solor installations near Ann Arbor? I’m interested in putting up a 150 kw installation and looking for a partner.

    I’m of mixed mind about high profile expensive systems and might rather see the same money spent on covering 20 acres of a vacant field with solor panels that would be a lot less expensive to install and maintain.

    We need real megaWatt installations in Michigan, not more hype.

    That said, I’d be in favor of doing both.