Dan Munn

DLR Group has partnered with NRG Energy to design a series of on-site solar power systems on football stadiums for five NFL teams. This integrated design program shows that the application and activation of renewables on existing structures can provide multiple benefits for energy companies, their customers and the public.

In addition to the onsite power generation, our designs at FedExField in Washington DC, Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Patriot Place in Foxborough, Mass., MetLife Stadium in New Jersey, and at the new Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., also allow each NFL team to visibly stake an advocacy position for sustainability and renewable energy with fans. And through sponsorships, in stadium branded graphics, and information kiosks the NRG also benefits from a positive brand interchange with fans, who are ultimately NRG customers. This visible and active promotion of the viability of renewables is essential as we, as the design community, must lead the charge to advance the cause of sustainable energy in pursuit of Architecture 2030 benchmarks. 

The design of these arrays also showcases, on very public venues, that solar design can manifest itself as more than PVs attached to a roof or a simple panel farm in a rural area. Dynamic solar systems can be incorporated into the architecture of an existing building (as we did at FedExField, MetLife, Patriot Place, and Lincoln Financial) or as part of new construction (Levis’ Stadium) to elevate a fan’s emotional experience on game day. As always, design is a key and will be instrumental in advancing the implementation of on-site renewables.

 

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