NRG Energy receives permission to install solar power, electric vehicle charging stations, and energy-efficient LED lighting at NRG Park. That will make NRG Stadium the first professional football stadium in the country to be equipped with LED lighting on the field and the first in Texas with a solar installation.
Professional football stadiums use a lot of energy, so it’s no surprise that more of them are turning to solar to save costs. But how many have solar plus electric vehicle charging stations and energy-efficient LED lighting? None, yet. Thanks to NRG Energy, that will soon change.
NRG Energy has announced that it has received permission to install all of the above at NRG Stadium, making it the first professional football stadium in the country to be equipped with energy-efficient LED lighting on the field and the first professional football stadium in Texas with a solar installation.
In a statement yesterday, NRG Texas Retail President Elizabeth Killinger called this “a win for the citizens of Houston, who will soon experience the tangible benefits that clean, renewable energy brings. This is reason to celebrate a significant (stadium-sized, if you will) step toward changing the way we think about and use energy resources. The time to ‘think solar’ has never been better — for NRG and for Houston.”
NRG Energy isn’t stopping at adding these features but will also develop a high-level sustainability master plan for the extended future of NRG Park. The sustainability improvements for NRG Park, which houses the stadium, are part of an effort by NRG to demonstrate to consumers the benefits of sustainable, reliable power with innovative technologies at professional football stadiums. What better way to get the attention of a lot of consumers than at a football stadium?
Killinger continued, “While we’re honored and excited to play a part in the clean energy transformation of NRG Park, our ultimate goal and greatest hope is that these changes will educate and inspire others to join us in this new era of personal power and rethink what’s possible when it comes to the choices they make in powering their own homes and businesses.”
NRG Stadium will be the sixth professional football stadium in the country with NRG sustainable solutions. It will feature:
456 new high-efficiency LED field lights
4 NRG Haven solar canopies, totalling 221 KW with 700 solar panels
6 EV charging stations, as a part of the NRG eVgo network
4 NRG PivitPoint kiosk stations, providing portable power packs for charging mobile devices, which were already installed earlier this year.
All sustainable elements are due to be installed by the end of 2015.