New San Francisco 49ers stadium will achieve net zero thanks to 49 large solar panels

The installation of 49 large rooftop solar panels at the 49ers new stadium outside San Francisco will help the arena achieve net-zero energy use, according to NRG, the company that installed the panels.

November 11, 2013 |
Jim Young

The installation of 49 large rooftop solar panels at the 49ers new stadium outside San Francisco will help the arena achieve net-zero energy use, according to NRG, the company that installed the panels. The devices will supply power to the entire stadium during games and allow it to be independent from the grid.

The PVs at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., were manufactured by San Jose-based SunPower.49ers President Gideon Yu says going solar was one of the main goals for the new stadium; he says energy efficiency is "as important to a Bay Area stadium as technology and good food." HNTB is the architect and Turner Construction the GC on the stadium, which will feature open pedestrian plazas, commercial community space, Wi-Fi throughout, a 49ers team store, and a 49ers Hall of Fame.

(http://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/tech/49er-Stadium-Goes-Solar-To-Save-Energy-229130921.html)

Jim Young | Net Zero Future

About the Author: A seasoned industry leader, Young combines deep understanding of both lighting and controls.  Currently VP of Sales and Marketing for WattStopper, Young formerly served in a series of senior positions with Acuity Brands®, most recently as Vice President and General Manager of the company's specialty lighting group.  He graduated from Sonoma State University with a degree in planning and energy management. 

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