The Eagles have gone green. No, that isn’t a reference to the color of the football team’s jerseys. The squad has become environmentally conscious, which is not only good for it, but also for Philadelphia.
The Eagles have announced plans to power Lincoln Financial Field with a combination of on-site wind, solar, and dual-fuel generated electricity. The organization says that will make the Linc the first major sports stadium in the world to convert to self-generated renewable energy.
It’s estimated that making that change will eliminate carbon-dioxide emissions equivalent to 500,000 gallons of oil or 24 million gallons of gasoline annually. That’s like taking 41,000 emissions-belching cars off the street.
The project calls for an Orlando, Fla., company called SolarBlue to install about 80 20-foot spiral-shaped turbines on the top rim of the stadium, which should give the Linc a futuristic appearance to go with its forward-minded football team. Also, 2,500 solar panels will be installed on the stadium’s facade.
Making the transition won’t come cheap. SolarBlue will spend more than $30 million to build the new system. The Eagles will then buy its electricity from SolarBlue at a fixed rate of increase for the next 20 years. By generating its own electricity, it’s believed that the stadium will have enough leftover off-peak energy to sell some back to the local electrical grid.
The Eagles are sending an important message with this commitment, a message that should resonate far from the football field in a nation that seeks cleaner air and energy independence.