Sacramento Kings Go Solar


As the Sacramento Kings get ready for the new season, their new home is getting ready too. Earlier this week, the Kings announced a partnership with the Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) to lighten the footprint of the Golden 1 Center, scheduled to open next year.

They will do this in two ways:


Through SMUD’s SolarShares program, the Kings have entered into a 20 year partnership that will provide the Golden 1 Center with around 85 percent of its annual electricity needs. Part of this solar energy will come from the planned 10.88 MW Rancho Seco plant.

The SolarShares program allows SMUD customers to purchase a portion of their energy directly from solar plants.

Additionally, the Sacramento Business Journal reports that the new stadium will include solar panels that will provide 15 percent of the stadium’s energy needs. Between the two systems, the arena will be powered by 100 percent solar energy.

Energy Efficiency

The second component of the partnership is energy efficiency consulting and collaboration. SMUD has worked closely with the designers of the Golden 1 Center to make it one of the most energy-efficient arenas in the world. As a result, energy consumption will be reduced by over 35 percent.

The stadium is now on the path to achieving LEED Gold certification. It will be the first NBA arena in California to become LEED Gold certified, and join only two others in the U.S.

“Utilizing the best sustainable practices reflects the values of our fans and city, benefits our region and signals that innovation can make the world a better place,” said Kings President Chris Granger. “Golden 1 Center will serve as a new global model for leveraging our natural resources in smart and efficient ways.”

“This partnership demonstrates our continued commitment to sustainability and environmental stewardship, as well as local economic development,” said SMUD CEO and General Manager Arlen Orchard. “The new Golden 1 Center is an exciting addition to our downtown core, and we’re proud to help it become one of the most sustainable and technologically advanced arenas in the world.”

Photo Credit: Michael Tipton/Sacramento Kings