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    Eagles to go greener (8.6 Megawatts?)

    http://www.nfl.com/news/story/09000d...e=HP_headlines

    Energy boost: Eagles adding wind turbines, solar to stadium
    Associated Press
    Published: Nov. 18, 2010 at 12:02 p.m.
    Updated: Nov. 18, 2010 at 02:15 p.m.


    PHILADELPHIA -- The Philadelphia Eagles are taking their gridiron off the grid.

    The team said Thursday that it will add wind turbines, solar panels and a cogeneration plant at Lincoln Financial Field over the next year, a combination that will make the stadium self-sufficient and let the Eagles sell some power back to the electric grid.

    Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie said the plan was part of the Eagles commitment to be a socially responsible organization.

    "Owning an NFL team, I think you have an opportunity to lead the way," Lurie told The Associated Press. "It's a public building seen across the country and, sometimes, the world."

    Under the plan, approximately 80 spiral-shaped wind turbines will be mounted on the stadium's roof and 2,500 solar panels attached to the stadium's facade. Together, they will contribute an estimated 30 percent to the total energy production.

    An onsite "dual-fuel" cogeneration plant, a small power plant that captures its heat for increased efficiency, powered by biodiesel and natural gas will contribute the rest of the energy. The system is designed to produce at least 8.6 megawatts of power, enough to meet the stadium's peak energy use of around 7 megawatts.

    The construction project will employ an estimated 200 workers over the course of the next year.

    SolarBlue, an Orlando, Fla.-based renewable energy company, will pay $30 million to install and run the system for 20 years. The team will pay the firm for its power, the cost of which will increase at a fixed 3 percent annual rate.

    The project is expected to be finished by September, and the team estimates it will save $60 million in energy costs.

    SolarBlue is also currently working with the Boston Red Sox on an energy conservation project at Fenway Park.

    No government grants were sought, but the project will benefit from renewable energy incentives, SolarBlue Chairman Lee Maher said.

    NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said the Eagles have initiated a sustainability trend in the league. "The NFL is one of the most competitive clubs in the world," Goodell said. "That's because our clubs are competitive with one another."
    At least 8.6 Megawatts? That's nothing. Last weekend, we had 1.21 Jigawatts at Heinz Field. Suck on that, Philly!

    And, yes, I started this thread solely for a cheap Jiga joke.

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    Re: Eagles to go greener (8.6 Megawatts?)

    NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said the Eagles have initiated a sustainability trend in the league. "The NFL is one of the most competitive clubs in the world," Goodell said. "That's because our clubs are competitive with one another."

    How did Roger get himself inserted into this? And his comments are moronic...
    The NFL is a supremely competitive club because the clubs within the NFL club are competitive with each other? So is he implying that other athletic clubs around the world (ie English Premier League) are not as competitive as the NFL because the clubs within the EPL club are not competitive with each other? Jabberwocky.

    Lord please spare us another year of this moron. Its the first time Ive ever had negative thoughts about the NFL, something ive cherished since i was a child.
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