(CNSNews.com) – The Washington Redskins unveiled a landmark solar facility at the team’s FedEx Field stadium Thursday that includes a giant, electricity-generating statue of a football player.
The project is a private venture between the Redskins and energy firm NRG, team owner Daniel Snyder said, and did it not involve government financing.
When asked whether any federal money went into the project, Redskins owner Daniel Snyder said "No."
“This is a private sector opportunity and something we’re very, very proud of doing in such a short period of time,” Snyder told CNSNews.com. “To get this done was quite an accomplishment.”
The facility is the largest in the NFL, powering 20 percent of the stadium on game days and 100 percent on off days.
The Redskins partnered with New Jersey-based NRG to build the solar array, which consists of 8,000 solar panels installed on top of an 841-car parking lot. The project also features a not-as-yet-constructed array of translucent solar panels near the stadium’s main gate.
There are 10 charging stations for electric vehicles throughout the parking lot -- and a specially constructed 30-foot statue known as Solar Man depicts a football player throwing a pass. Solar Man isn't just another pretty face. It is covered in thin-film solar panels and will generate electricity.
Snyder said he hoped his project would prompt other NFL teams to incorporate clean energy into their stadiums. “[W]e’re really proud of the outcome and excited about this being something that will set the new standard.”
The project is the largest solar power installation in the Washington, D.C., area as well as the largest solar installation at any NFL stadium in America. The initiative was begun in July and has been in the works since the beginning of the year.
“We look forward to working with the NRG team to develop additional renewable features at the stadium,” Snyder said.