They didn’t get 49 points out of the 51 possible LEED points, but with a respectable 41 points the San Francisco 49ers' new Levi's Stadium became the first stadium to achieve LEED Gold status as a newly constructed facility. Other stadiums have achieved LEED status but only as part of additional construction. The stadium, which officially cut the ribbon last Thursday (July 17) announced that it achieved LEED Gold yesterday (July 22).
LEED is a measure of sustainability related to a building that was developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). To achieve certification a building must be built to standards that reduce waste, use sustainable and safe materials, be energy efficient—if not use clean energy, use water efficiently. To achieve LEED Gold status Levi’s Stadium the stadium designers incorporated elements like solar and a green, or living roof, into its original plans.Levi’s Stadium’s LEED certification demonstrates tremendous green building leadership,” said Rick Fedrizzi, USGBC CEO. “The urgency of USGBC’s mission has challenged the industry to move faster and reach further than ever before, and Levi’s Stadium serves as a prime example with just how much we can accomplish.”
The stadium is designed as a net-zero energy building, meaning that it produces as much energy as it uses. As such the stadium includes more than 1,150 SunPower solar panels that generate 375 kilowatts annually. The 49ers’ and stadium owners partnered with NRG Solar Terrace and NRG Energy Bridges to install solar on a terrace and three bridges at the stadium.
“It is reassuring to know, that when leading franchises like the 49ers with a rich tradition of innovation and success decide to embrace clean energy, they turn to NRG,” said David Crane, President and CEO of NRG. “We are pleased to help the 49ers turn their new state-of-the-art stadium to serve as a model for others as we reach for the clean energy future.”
NRG has worked with a number of other stadiums to install solar power as well. These include NRG Stadium, FedExField, Lincoln Financial Field, MetLife Stadium, Patriot Place and Arizona State’s Sun Devil Stadium.
Stadiums offer an amazing opportunity to show 10s of thousands of people the benefits and power of solar since they’ll pass under the solar panels as they walk to their seats, or about 68,500 of ravenous fans in the case of the 49ers’—after all the stadium is already sold out for the inaugural season.Tweet