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Posted on September 20, 2011

Sculpture uses thin-film solar technology at football stadium

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One of the largest solar power developers in the United States, NRG and the Washington Redskins celebrated FedExField's energy future with the help of former NFL quarterbacks and Redskins' fans during the "NRG Solar Bowl" Quarterback Challenge and an official "flipping of the switch" at halftime to inaugurate the new NRG solar power installation at FedExField.
The solar power system - with more than 8,000 solar panels - is capable of providing all power to the stadium on non-game days and up to 20% of its needed electricity on game days - the equivalent of providing 300 homes with energy for a year. In addition to being the largest solar installation at an NFL stadium, it is the largest solar installation in the D.C.-metro area.
A variety of green energy technologies, including translucent solar panels and a specially designed sculpture created using thin film solar technology will generate power through the solar entry plaza at Gate A. The sculpture - a 30-foot tall silhouette of a football player dubbed "solar man" -showcases the flexibility of this innovative solar technology and also is one-of-a-kind work of art welcoming fans to FedExField.
The solar power installation by NRG, one of the largest solar power developers in the United States, includes three different types of solar panels that collectively can generate two megawatts (MW) of electricity. By using solar power, the Redskins and NRG look to keep 1,780 metric tons of carbon out of the atmosphere - the equivalent of replacing 349 vehicles with gasoline engines with zero emission electric vehicles.
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In addition to generating power for FedExField, the stadium's 8,000 solar panels will provide shaded parking in an 841-car lot. The design includes 10 electric vehicle charging stations from NRG's charging network for use by fans.
NRG subsidiary Reliant will be the official provider for all the additional electricity to power the Redskins at FedExField.