Solar Electric Guide for Your Stadium or Arena

Overview
February 19, 2014

A Guide to Help Professional and Collegiate Sports Teams and Venues Develop Successful On-site Solar Power Generation

The nation's major professional sports leagues, along with many professional and collegiate sports venues, have stepped up in the fight against climate change with an embrace of solar power. In 2010, Major League Baseball, the National Football League, the National Basketball Association, the National Hockey League, and Major League Soccer delivered a letter urging their teams, arenas, and stadiums to begin using solar power in their facilities to continue the work of minimizing their carbon footprint. The leagues also distributed a solar development guide produced on their behalf by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and Bonneville Environmental Foundation (BEF) outlining the work necessary for each stadium to add on-site solar power generation to its energy mix. In 2013, NRDC, BEF, and the Green Sports Alliance updated the Solar Guide. In this fully revised Second Edition, professional and collegiate sports teams and venues will find essential guidance to navigate the steps to develop on-site solar power generation. Readers will find an accessible list of steps, relevant case studies and tips to succeed.

The guide is intended as a resource for the owners and operators of these facilities across the country in installing a solar electric system. Among other things, it contains:

  • An overview of the advantages and challenges
  • The process of undertaking a project
  • System location ideas
  • Cost estimates
  • Financial incentive information