Tuesday, May 31, 2011

San Francisco Giants Go Solar

Since the inception of Willie Mays AT&T Park, tremendous efforts have been made to conserve energy, starting with using florescent lighting, motion sensor lighting and an energy conservation systems.  A few years ago, AT&T Park, home to the champion San Francisco Giants, decided to do what it took to become the greenest ball park in the nation.  Today, they are the first park to achieve honorable Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver status.  There are 590 Sharp solar panels installed at AT&T Park along the port of McCovey Cove which produce about 120 kilowatts of energy, which is enough to light up the scoreboard for the entire baseball season (the power is being used for more though).  The scoreboard was changed to a Diamond Vision Scoreboard which uses 78% less power the ballpark's original scoreboard.  This power can be used to power about 12,000 city homes for the day when not used by the park.  As the world champions shine through a new era at the forefront of going solar it is hopeful that many other ballparks and establishments will go through with their green dreams saving the planet.  A year of Willey Mayes AT&T Park saves the planet about 725,522 pounds of greenhouse gas emissions.

~Kristen Roland


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