1/18/2011

The Eagles Go Extreme With Green!!!

In a town that is racing against great American cities to be the "Greenest City in America" a planned energy conversion of  the Eagles Nest "Lincoln Financial Field", will be a huge step in the right direction.  The energy improvements could be the start of a healthy trend of converting large government and privately owned buildings to self sustaining energy producing facilities.


Grid Magazine reports the Philadelphia Eagles have announced a plan to fuel Lincoln Financial Field with a combination of 80 20 foot-high onsite wind turbines and 2,500 solar panels, augmented by a dual-fuel cogeneration plant, a small on site power plant run on biodiesel and natural gas that captures its own heat for increased efficiency.  It will be the world's first major sports stadium to convert completely to self-generated renewable energy.  The transition should save the Eagles $60 million in energy costs over the next 20 years.  Over that same time period, they estimate onsite energy sources at Lincoln Financial Field will provide 1.039 billion kilowatt hours of electricity, more than enough to supply the stadiums needs.  Excess energy will be sold back to the local grid.  By using renewable energy, the team will eliminate CO2 emissions equivalent to 500,000 barrels of oil or 24 million gallons of gasoline annually.  That equates to removing 41,000 cars from the road per year.