LINCOLN FINANCIAL FIELD TO GO GREEN

The Philadelphia Eagles will have a greener stadium than the shirts after revealing aggressive green energy plans.

The NFL club hope to convert Lincoln Financial Field to a self sufficient venue generating all energy from renewable sources.

It plans to install solar panels, wind turbines and an alternative-fuels power plant at the 70,000-seater stadium which could save $60m on electricity costs over the next 20 years.

Team owner and chief executive officer, Jeffrey Lurie said: "We’re proud to take this vital step towards energy independence from fossil fuels.

"This commitment builds upon our comprehensive environmental sustainability program, which includes energy and water conservation, waste reduction, recycling, composting, toxic chemical avoidance and reforestation.

"It underscores our strong belief that environmentally sensitive policies are consistent with sound business practices."

The Eagles will install 80 20ft wind turbines on the upper edge of the stadium and around 2,500 solar panels.

In total this will contribute about 15 percent of the output while the rest will be generated by a plant that can run on biofuels or natural gas.

The new equipment will generate at least 8.6 megawatts of electricity, above the 7MW peak used by the stadium on game days with excess power sold to a local utility company.

Energy generated by the new program could power 26,000 homes and the reduction in greenhouse gas emissions will be the equivalent of taking 41,000 cars off the road.

Philadelphia Eagles, whose players wear green kits, has been operating an environmental sustainability program over the last seven years, and has ambitious goals on recycling, composting and the purchase of materials such as beer cups from renewable sources.

National Football League Commissioner Roger Goodell said: "With this ground-breaking initiative, the Eagles are taking another significant step forward in their commitment to environmental responsibility and to their community.

"The work of the Eagles' Go Green initiative in raising environmental awareness and implementing green programs is a tribute to the leadership of the organization."

The power system is targeted to be ready to go for September 2011.

Posted on 19/11/2010