Homes and business aren't the only places you can find solar in the United States. A growing number of professional sports facilities are installing solar to benefit the environment and their bottom line. For the second year in a row, SEIA took a look at solar across the NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL, MLS, NASCAR and IndyCar. The results were impressive: the total cumulative capacity in professional sports has reached 25.4 megawatts (MW), enough to power more than 3,100 American homes! In 2015 alone, solar installations on sports facilities in the U.S. grew 13%. Together, the solar systems installed at sports facilities across the United States offset nearly 22,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide, the equivalent of planting well over half a million trees or taking 5,000 cars off the road. Below is a fact sheet that ranks all of the facilities by total installed capacity.
In the world of professional football, the story keeps getting better and better. Super Bowl 50 will be played at Levi's Stadium in San Francisco, which is home to a 375 kilowatt solar array. Check out our blog post on the solar-powered Super Bowl and this cool infographic that highlights the event.
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All leading sports leagues in the United States, including professional football, baseball, basketball, hockey, soccer, NASCAR and the IndyCar Series, boast sizeable solar assets. To put that into perspective, last year more than 30 million sports fans attended events across the U.S. at facilities powered by the sun. In 2007, the Colorado Rockies became the first professional sports team to install a solar system at Coors Field in Denver. Several months later, the San Francisco Giants followed suit at AT&T Park. Since then, the number of solar systems in pro sports has grown 10-fold, with nearly 150,000 solar panels in use across the country at sports facilities.