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Burgundy & Gold Goes Green At FedEx

Stadium goes solar.



    Redskins Adding Solar Panels to Parking Lot

    Ron Rosenberg, Redskins Sr. Vice President of Operations, discusses the new solar panels that are being added to FedEx Field's parking lot. (Published Wednesday, July 13, 2011)

    The burgundy and gold are adding a tinge of green to their home field.

    The Washington Redskins announced a partnership with power company NRG Energy. It will bring solar power to FedEx Field.

    Eight thousand solar panels will be installed as part of the project. They'll go up in one of the parking lots and cover about 850 spaces. That would protect fans in that area from bad weather. Parking would not be reduced.

    "Our partnership with NRG will add to the fans' fame day experience at FedEx Field and offers a unique example of how solar energy installations can do more than generate power," Redskins owner Dan Snyder said in a press release.

    NRG officials said the panels will generate enough power to cover all the stadium's needs on non-game days and a portion of it on game days.

    "There is nothing like homegrown, in this case stadium-grown, energy," said Fred Smith, part owner of the Washington Redskins.

    The project should be completed by September. As part of the nine-year agreement, 10 electric vehicle charging stations will also be installed at the stadium.

    Financial terms of the partnership have not been disclosed.