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Wednesday, September 29, 2010

NY Jets Install Largest NFL Solar Power System

The New York Jets has completed the installation of a 690-kW solar power system at the team’s headquarters and training center in Florham Park, New Jersey. The team says this is the largest photovoltaic (PV) installation at a NFL team headquarters, using more than 3,000 Yingli Solar panels.

The solar power system will generate more than 750,000 kilowatt-hours of electricity for the building each year, and is expected to reduce CO2 emissions by 540 metric tons each annually.

Syncarpha Capital, the system owner, selected SunDurance Energy for the turnkey design and construction of the project, and partnered with Evolution Energies as the project developer. Work began at the Training Center in late June, and the project was generating power approximately eight weeks later.

All of the power generated by the system will be sold to The New York Jets under a long-term power purchase agreement (PPA). By using a PPA, the team expects to save tens of thousands of dollars each year in electricity expenses with no capital outlay.

Nautilus Solar Energy will provide ongoing asset management services.

The Atlantic Health Training Center solar installation also marks another major solar installation for the state of New Jersey, which is currently only second to California in solar energy, according to the team.

Some of the most recent installations include those at Johnson & Johnson and Dow Jones.

According to a survey conducted by ProGreenSports, 80 percent of North American professional sports teams plan to increase their environmental sustainability programs, based on a survey of more than 50 pro teams.  Source: environmental leader

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