Eco Chic: Redskins Change Colors to Green

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New solar panels foreshadow a bright outlook on the horizon for the Redskins this season.
By Kate Faherty

"Solar Man" will welcome fans into FedExField this season, alongside the stadium's 8,000 new solar panels. Photo by Max Taylor.

Game days have a new meaning to many at FedExField. The Washington Redskins and energy company NRG revealed a new solar panel installation at the Redskins’ home stadium in Landover, Maryland. The installation is the most magnanimous thus far at an NFL stadium, and the panels can provide up to 100% of the stadium’s electrical energy on non-game days and up to 20% of the energy on game days. The installation is also the largest solar panel installation in the D.C. area.

Incorporating 8,000 solar panels in total, three different types of  panels and 10 electric vehicle charging stations, the the partnership between NRG and the Washington Redskins proves that the renewable energy resources that once seemed fantastical and out-of-reach are now very common and accessible. Beyond it’s ability to fulfill the electrical needs of the stadium, the panels also provide shade for the open 841-car parking lot.

The new solar panels at FedExField will not only provide the energy to power the stadium on non-game days, but also a vast amount of shade for cars in the parking lot. Photo by Max Taylor.

“We are delighted to partner with NRG, a truly innovative leader in energy solutions, to showcase this remarkable technology at FedExField and to educate fans and the public about solar energy and other solutions that can help our country’s energy needs. We look forward to working with the NRG team to develop additional renewable features at the stadium,” said Daniel Snyder, owner of the Washington Redskins.

Another addition to the stadium is the project’s mascot “Solar Man”. Solar Man is a 30-foot tall statue of a football player now present to welcome fans into the stadium – while also hosting innovative thin film solar technology. The sculpture represents the project’s innovation and creation, and it’s newfound unity with the NFL.

With the new energy at FedExField, there’s a bright outlook on the horizon for the Redskins this season.

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