Today (May 26) the Baltimore Ravens and Constellation Energy flipped the switch on a new, 400 kilowatt rooftop solar array at the team’s headquarters in Owings Mills, MD. The new array will provide about 15 percent of the electricity needed at the headquarters.
The new solar array consists of approximately 1,210 panels. It’s expected to generate about 460,000 kilowatt hours of electricity during its first year. To put it in perspective the Ravens and Constellation said estimates show the system will prevent the release of approximately 317 tons of carbon dioxide: “The equivalent emissions of nearly 13,000 tailgaters with propane grills, or 67 passenger vehicles annually.”
“The Ravens have worked hard to be a model of sustainability for the NFL and our fans, and this project has enabled us to extend that effort to the Under Armour Performance Center,” said Ravens President Dick Cass. "We look forward to continuing to work with Constellation to promote renewable energy, and make a positive difference in our community and for the environment.”
With more than 60 megawatts of solar power throughout Maryland Constellation is a solar leader in the state. “We are committed to advancing renewable energy in Maryland and are pleased to team with the Ravens to showcase the benefits of smart energy strategies to all Ravens players, employees and fans,” said Mark Huston, president of Constellation Retail.
Sports venues are an important place to showcase the power of solar and multiple organizations, from the Solar Energy Industries Association to the Natural Resources Defense Council have put out reports and white papers on the proliferation and how stadiums can go solar. They provide a highly visible place where fans can see the benefits of solar in action. For instance, in 2014, roughly 30 million fans across the U.S. visited solar-powered sports venues.
With the new array the Raves joins other teams that have installed solar and or wind power to provide electricity for their stadiums or other needs. In fact, the past two Super Bowls were played at stadiums with solar power. Super Bowl 50, won by the Denver Broncos was played at Levi Stadium, which has a 375 kilowatt solar array to power the LEED Gold stadium. The previous Super Bowl, won by the Seattle Seahawks, was played at New York Jets’ and Giants’ MetLife Stadium in New Jersey, which has a 276 kilowatt solar array.
In fact, the biggest solar array at a football stadium is at the Philadelphia Eagle’s Lincoln Field, which has a 3 megawatt solar array to power its electric needs. The biggest solar installation at a sports venue as of early 2016, however, is the 9 megawatt array at the Indianapolis Speedway.Tweet