Yes, they are. I thought the Redskins loved burgundy and gold, but apparently they are pretty fond of green as well. On September 15th the Redskins held a press conference to unveil their recently completed solar energy power generation system installed at FedEx Field. The facility can now boast of more than 8000 solar panels, the largest installation anywhere in the region, that can generate 2 megawatts of electricity depending on the weather.
What makes the installation so unique is how the Redskins management along with the solar installation firm of NRG creatively installed the panels. The majority of the opaque panels have been installed on platforms above the visitors parking area. This way the panels are generating electricity while also providing shaded parking for visitors of the field. NRG also installed several electrical vehicle charging stations in the front of the parking lot to give visitors coming to the field in plug in electric vehicles VIP parking places.
There are also translucent panels installed over the entrance gate that generate electricity while providing natural lighting to the entrance area cutting down on the need for additional lighting. The third type of solar panels installed are the thin filmed flexible panels that are creatively bent into a 30 foot tall sculpture of a quarterback throwing a football that is just outside the entrance to FedEx Field.
The combination of the three different types of solar panels makes it possible for the field to provide 100% of the facilities daily weekday needs. On the weekends when the facility is at capacity, the panels generate roughly 20% of the power needs for the building.
This latest renovation makes the Redskins the proud occupiers of the greenest stadium in the entire NFL. I guess it’s time to try to score some tickets to see the Redskins play at home. But if you want VIP parking, you had better go shopping for a plug electric vehicle first. Check out pictures and a video of the installation online at https://www.redskins.com/news-and-events/article-1/NRG-Redskins-Unveil-Largest-Solar-Installation-At-Pro-Football-Stadium/4350cfac-ee35-46f4-bd2f-022f17f0d4ba