NRG solar stadium to meet 100% of electrical needs

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NRG and the Washington Redskins have unveiled the new solar installation at FedEx Field that, on game days, provides up to 20 percent of FedEx Field's power. On non-game days, the solar system can provide up to 100 percent of the stadium's electrical needs, depending on weather conditions.

In June, NRG joined with the Washington Redskins to design, develop and install a unique solar power system that would best meet the stadium's energy needs. The installation by NRG, one of the largest solar power developers in the United States, includes three different types of solar panels at the stadium generating nearly two megawatts (MW) of electricity. The stadium's 8,000 solar panels will provide shaded parking. The NRG solar entry plaza at Gate A will generate power through a variety of green energy technologies, including translucent solar panels and a specially designed sculpture created using thin film solar technology.

The anticipated power generated from the installation during game days is roughly the equivalent amount of energy used annually by 300 Maryland households. By using solar power, the Redskins and NRG expect to keep 1,780 metric tons of carbon out of the atmosphere each year-- the equivalent of replacing 349 vehicles with gasoline engines with zero emission electric vehicles.

NRG subsidiary, Reliant, will provide all the electricity to power the Redskins at FedEx Field.

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