Jessica PirroJuly 15, 202011422
Baseball season may be getting a late start this year due to COVID-19, but in 8 days, we are going to see the first games of the 2020 season. This season is going to be a little different than the season’s in the past because the MLB is going to be taking precautions to protect the players during this pandemic, but certain baseball stadiums have been protecting the environment for years. Listed below are some of the baseball stadiums that have switched to solar power.
The Arizona Diamondbacks - Chase Field
When you think of Arizona you think of heat, and that’s just what the Diamondbacks are taking advantage of! With heat, comes sunshine, and with the sunshine comes solar power. The builders of the D-Backs Stadium built a 75-kWh (kilowatt-hour) solar panel installation right outside of the ballpark’s westerns entrances. The Diamondbacks fans can get some shade from the solar panel installation while it works to keep the stadium's lights on.
The Chase Field solar panel installation is going to be the only part of the stadium’s commitment to go green. The Chase Field is a member of the Green Sports Alliance, and it also features a vertical urban garden, chilled water loop air condition systems, and concession uniforms made from recycled plastics.
The Boston Red Sox’s - Fenway Park
Fenway Park is one of the most popular baseball stadiums in the country. It’s considered a national landmark in Boston and it gets visitors year-round. Fenway Park opened in 1912 and it is still one of the most energy-efficient stadiums! Fenway Park took their energy-efficient practices into their own hands when they completed a complete energy audit on their facility.
Today, the historical stadium has new LED lights throughout their stadium along with 28 solar panels, that are positioned across their dugout. The solar panel installation is going to provide 37 percent of the energy needed to power the stadium’s water heaters. Fenway Park won the EPA New England Environment Merit Award in 2008 for its sustainability initiatives.
In the corner of the stadium, Fenway has its famous Coca-Cola Corner, with a massive Coca-Cola light-up sign. After their 2010 audit, the ream replaced 1059 lights in the sign, these environmentally friendly lights use 80% less power than traditional incandescent bulbs.
The Cleveland Indians - Progressive Field
The Cleveland Indians were the third team in the MLB to install a solar power system, and the very first team in the American league to get a solar panel installation.
The Indians installed 42 solar panels that generate enough electricity to power 400 TVs throughout the entire stadium. This is also accompanied by several other green initiatives.
The Seattle Mariners - Safeco Field
When you think of Seattle you don’t think of sunshine, often people think of rain (and maybe Seattle Grace from Grey’s Anatomy). When you think of rain, your mind doesn’t seem to go to solar panels there’s a rumor that has been going around since the beginning of time, that solar panels don’t produce solar power when where it rains.
The Mariners Stadium is helping dispel that rumor. Even though Seattle has one of the cloudiest climates, the Mariners have equipped their stadium with solar panel installation.
The Mariner’s solar power system can generate 40,000 kWh of solar power each year. The solar panel installations are equipped with 168 solar panels, and the solar panels generate solar power from both the front and back of the solar panels. In 2012, the baseball installed bi-facial solar panels before they were all the rage.
In 2014, the Seattle Mariners made history, they were the very first MLB to install LED Lights. The field is lit with 578 GigaTera light fixtures that are going to be 30% brighter than their old lights, and the lights use 50% fewer lights the lights are also going to help save $50,000 in energy costs and save 784,000 kWh.
These efforts have helped reduce their energy by 25% and are now have the lowest energy intensity of any other baseball team in the MLB. Just like a lower ERA is ideal for pitchers, lower energy intensity is ideal for baseball stadiums.
The St. Louis Cardinals - Busch Stadium
The St. Louis Cardinals debuted their new stadium in 2006. But having a brand new stadium isn’t the only good thing that came from this stadium, in only three years, the Cardinals were able to reduce their energy by 24%.
The Cardinals were one of the first pro sports teams that partnered with Energy, to help reduce their energy. Since the partnership, the Stadium can operate 30% better than the national average for most stadiums.
Bush Stadium has a solar panel installation with 106 solar panels, located on the top of the stadium’s ticket booth and bleacher canopy. The solar power system generates 32,000 kWh of solar power. There is also an educational kiosk that offers information about the stadium’s solar panels and solar power.
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