For anyone who lives in Philadelphia or at least drives that stretch of I-95 it would be almost impossible not to notice Lincoln Financial Field, home of the Eagles Football team. A quick passing and it probably wouldn’t catch your eye, but yes, the whole facing facade of the stadium is clad in solar PV panels and if you managed to take a second to look up topped by lines of vertical wind turbines. The other building integrated renewable energy systems we’ve posted about have been on smaller scale residential projects, so thought this would be a nice change of pace and would also appeal to those who might live somewhere other than Los Angeles.
The system is owned and managed by NRG, if you want you can read more about it on their dedicated Lincoln Financial Field’s page, but here are the quick stats.
In total there are 11,000 solar PV panels installed, both on the facade of the stadium, but also on other structures and parking around the property. At peak power they generate 3 megawatts of juice, pretty impressive.
The turbines are vertical axis, quite different from the typical propeller prop style some of you might envision, there are 14 of them. We haven’t been able to track down the individual power ratings for the turbines, but typically this particular style runs maybe 5 kilowatts.
Lincoln Financial is just one of a string of stadiums that are making use of their ample space to help reduce their costs and make their own contribution to the environment. So you can chow down on hotdogs and feel pretty good about yourself, except of course that hot dogs are sadly terrible for our help and for the planet, that’s something altogether different.