The Philadelphia Eagles are going “off the grid” when it comes to powering the team’s South Philadelphia home. The green upgrade will be clearly visible and the first of its kind for a sports stadium.
The plan is to spend $30 million to create a self-supporting power system for the Linc. Lee Maher of the company Solar Blue describes what it will take to power the stadium.
“quote, 2,500 technically advanced solar panels along the canopy roof area and along I-95, added to this we are installing a minimum 7.6 megawatt dual-fuel co-generation plant.,” said Maher. The plant will be powered by either natural gas or biodiesel, he said.
What about noise from the wind turbines? Christine Lurie, who is wife of team owner Jeff Lurie, says they won’t be a distraction.
“These new turbines are quiet and we’ve done all the testing in terms of the noise level and they definitely won’t interfere with the fan experience in the stadium,” Lurie said.
The upgrades will be in place for the 2011 season. When the facility isn’t being used for sports, it will pump clean power into the grid.