The Philadelphia Eagles National Football League (NFL) team, which is generally agreed to be leading the way when it comes to environmental solutions in US sports, has agreed a new partnership with NRG.
The company will 'design, build and operate a sustainable energy solution' for the team, part of its wider plans to convert Lincoln Financial Field into a self-sustainable renewable energy venue.
NRG has also become a major sponsor of the team and will be the official supplier of grid power to Lincoln Financial Field.
"The Philadelphia Eagles are proud to announce this new partnership with NRG, a respected leader in the energy field," said Eagles chairman and chief executive Jeffrey Lurie.
"We believe that companies everywhere can find ways to Go Green with business practices that help the environment and the bottom line. Together with NRG, we're eager to use this project at Lincoln Financial Field to continue our leadership role on environmental issues."
The NRG system includes more than 11,000 solar panels and three megawatts of generating capacity, as well as 14 micro wind-turbines. The renewable energy installation has been designed by the DLR Group, which has worked with
In August 2010 the Eagles announced a major redevelopment programme in partnership with Solar Blue to develop clean energy solutions at the venue.
Plans included the installation of 80 20-foot spiral-shaped wind turbines on the stadium's top rim, 2,500 solar panels on the outside of the stadium and the construction of a 7.6 megawatt dual-fuel generator.
However, according to the Philadelphia Business Journal the Solar Blue partnership has now ended after being deemed unworkable.
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