The Washington Redskins have unveiled plans for an eco friendly car park which will help generate electricity for their stadium.

It plans to install 8,000 solar panels on a covered parking lot at FedEx Field capable of generating two megawatts of electricity. This will help provide energy for the stadium on match days but will also cover all electrical needs on non-game days.

The project will be delivered by NRG Energy and will include 10 electric vehicle charge stations. "Our partnership with NRG will add to the fans’ game day experience at FedExField and offer a unique example of how solar energy installations can do more than generate power," said Dan Snyder, owner of the Washington Redskins. "NRG’s expertise and vision are a great match for us and we are excited to be part of this effort that will reduce our environmental impact and offer our fans another unique experience," he added.

The 91,704-seater stadium was opened in 1997 to replace the Redskins’ previous venue RFK Stadium.

"It will take 8,000 solar panels and a lot of expertise to deliver this win to the Redskins – we’re getting it done," said David Crane, NRG’s president and CEO. "The Redskins understand the importance of increasing our national energy security by making full use of our own inexhaustible natural energy resource. NRG is helping to make that change at FedExField and across the country."

The Redskins are among a handful of NFL teams that are reportedly looking into developing the technology. The San Francisco 49ers have proposed using solar panels to partially power their new stadium, and the Eagles, Jets and Patriots have solar panels at their practice facilities.

Posted on 13/07/2011