There are super bowls and then there are super bowls. Last year, the super bowl of 2019, held in the newly completed Mercedes-Benz Stadium broke ground as the greenest sports arena in the world.
The stadium is also the first sports facility ever to receive Platinum certification from the global rating system LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design).
So how did they do it? Partnering with Quest Renewables, the stadium covered their carports with solar panels. The result was the QuadPod – a solar-panel-mounted carport that can withstand feet of snow and hurricane-strength winds. Generating 1.6 million kWh of solar energy the stadium, which also has solar panels on its roof and over its entrances, produces enough energy to power the stadium for 10 NFL games each year.
Even better, not just did the project use buildings that were already there – requiring no new real estate – it will pay for itself in just two years.
It is rare that a business win also becomes an environmental win, but when it does, it is worth celebrating with all the fanfare of the Super Bowl.
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