The Washington Redskins are unveiling plans to provide covered parking in a lot at FedEx Field, with an environmentally friendly twist: The covered parking will consist of 8,000 solar panels, helping to generate the electricity the stadium uses on game days — and enough to generate all the electricity the stadium needs on days when there are no games.
Redskins owner Dan Snyder said in an announcement that the plan will “offers a unique example of how solar energy installations can do more than generate power.”
The Redskins are working on the project with NRG Energy and plan to unveil it in September.
The Redskins are among a handful of NFL teams that have taken such steps: The Washington Post reports that the Eagles and Seahawks also have projects underway to decrease their dependence on traditional energy sources, while the 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.
Artist’s rendering from NRG Energy, via the Washington Post.