Philadelphia Eagles called a green-energy leader for stadium retrofit

An artist's view of solar panels at Lincoln Financial Field. The installation is due to be completed by December.

The Philadelphia Eagles' season has not yet officially begun, but the NFL team has already been declared an environmental winner.

The Natural Resources Defense Council and the Green Sports Alliance on Wednesday cited the Eagles franchise as one of 20 leaders in the green-energy movement. The Eagles are retrofitting Lincoln Financial Field with solar panels, wind turbines and a biodiesel/natural gas generator that can produce 100 percent of the stadium's energy needs.

The project, which is being installed by NRG Energy Inc. of Princeton, will give the Eagles "the most extensive on-site renewable system of any U.S. sports stadium," NRDC says.

The NRDC's complete report is available online:    

- Andrew Maykuth