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Santa Clara Stadium is sun-powered

The Santa Clara Stadium is building in a number of green features. including solar power generation, as construction continues towards a 2014 opening.

“We’ve incorporated a lot of energy saving measures within the stadium itself,” said Project Executive Jack Hill.


Santa Clara Stadium under construction.

Santa Clara Stadium under construction.

Locally-based SunPower was named the stadium’s official and exclusive solar technology partner. “As we strive to create a sports and entertainment venue that embodies all that is special about the Bay Area and Silicon Valley, it is fitting that SunPower, with its global headquarters less than two miles from the new stadium, will be providing us with its high-efficiency solar panels,” said 49ers CEO Jed York.

NRG is the exclusive sustainable energy partner of the team and the new stadium. NRG will install SunPower’s high-efficiency solar panels atop the green roof to form a solar canopy, on the roof of the 49ers training facility, and above various bridges surrounding the stadium.

 The 20,000-square-foot green roof, which is above the suite tower that now features glass windows, will be waterproofed and filled with plants over the next few months. The new stadium will also use recycled water and feature a high-efficiency geothermal water system.