The San Francisco 49ers and the Santa Clara Stadium Authority are working with NRG Energy to bring solar power and other forms of sustainable energy to the new stadium. In fact, this stadium will become the first professional football facility to open with LEED certification, the gold standard for building sustainability.
The stadium is being built with a number of cutting edge solar elements, including three solar array covered bridges and a solar canopy above the green roof on the suite tower portion of the new stadium. NRG is even installing solar panels on the roof of the 49ers’ training facility.
The three solar bridges connect the main parking area to the stadium. Each includes hundreds of solar panels. These solar bridges are the first in use in the NFL and add to the 49ers position as community leaders in the Bay Area.
The entire configuration of solar energy arrays will have a total peak capacity of about 400KW. Over the course of a year, the stadium will generate enough power to offset the power used during all of the 49ers home games. The Santa Clara Stadium will be the first professional sports venue in California with a net zero energy performance.