"Declaration of Energy Independence" for Lincoln Financial Stadium, Home of Philadelphia Eagles. Image credit:Philadelphia Eagles
Quoting directly from the Philadelphia Eagles presser: "The Eagles have contracted with Orlando FL-based SolarBlue, a renewable energy and energy conservation company, to install approximately 80 20-foot spiral-shaped wind turbines on the top rim of the stadium, affix 2,500 solar panels on the stadium's façade, build a 7.6 megawatt onsite dual-fuel cogeneration plant and implement sophisticated monitoring and switching technology to operate the system.
Over the next year, SolarBlue will invest in excess of $30 million to build out the system, with a completion goal of September 2011. SolarBlue will maintain and operate the stadium's power system for the next 20 years at a fixed annual price increase in electricity, saving the Eagles an estimated $60 million in energy costs." What happens next?The City of Philadelphia is the site of Independence Hall, where the Declaration of Independence was signed. Hence, the "Declaration of Energy Independence."
Investing $30 million in a project heavily dependent upon building-integrated renewable energy technology takes real courage in time of scarce capital, a collapsing global economy, and luddites dominating an entire political party (Republicans). Note: this is private sector investment we're talking about.
I'll have my cheese steak with hot peppers and onions.
This just-released announcement, on the Eagles website, is already generating the requisite 'I hate Al Gore' type comments. There is hope for the future, though.
The Philadelphia Eagles are going to kick the Dallas Cowboys right up into their 20,000 square foot video screen, which is mounted inside the Cowboy stadium. Some teams burn coal to project an image. Others are willing to cross the goal line on their own energy.