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Lincoln Financial Field Set To Become Greenest Stadium In World

The Eagles today announced that Lincoln Financial Field is "soon to become the greenest stadium in the world," according to Sandy Bauers of the PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER. By opening day of the '11 NFL season, "if all goes as planned, the upper rim of the stadium will be studded with 100 spiral-shape wind turbines." Also, "some 2,500 solar panels will cover portions of the roof and facade, tilting south." In the parking lot, the Eagles "will build a cogeneration power plant that can run on biodiesel or natural gas." The Eagles said that the three sources, taken together, "will fully power any game." The team "expects to save $60 million in energy costs over the next two decades." Orlando-based renewable-energy and energy-conservation company Solar Blue is partnering with the Eagles on the project. The team is "providing the real estate, while Solar Blue is installing, operating, and maintaining the equipment -- an investment of up to" $30M. The Eagles "have agreed to a 20-year contract to buy the electricity at a fixed 3 percent annual increase." Bauers notes "at least 18 professional sports stadiums have installed some solar power" in the U.S., and "nine more have been granted LEED certification, a green rating from the U.S. Green Building Council." At least "five more pro sports venues or organizations are considering going for an LEED rating" (PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER, 11/18). NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said of the Eagles' efforts, "We think it's smart business and the right thing to do." Eagles Owner Jeffrey Lurie, who created a Go Green sustainability program in '03 along with his wife, Christina, said, "We've read a lot that excellent environmental practices are too expensive or not wise for a company. We challenged that" (N.Y. TIMES, 11/18). 

Eagles Placing Wind Turbines On Top Of Lincoln Financial Field



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