Lincoln Financial Field, home of the Philadelphia Eagles, is the first professional stadium in the U.S. capable of generating all of its electricity on-site.
The combination of 14 turbines and solar panels is projected
to produce about six times the amount of power used during all
Eagles home games on an annual basis. On non-game days, both
renewables will offset 100% of all energy use, and any excess
power can be fed back into the grid.
Located at opposing ends of the field, the turbines were strategically placed to provide “a visual representation of our commitment to sustainable efforts,” says Eagles president Don Smolenski.
The system was also designed so that it doesn’t interfere with the
fan experience. A custom braking system will ensure immediate
stoppage if ever necessary.
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The serene setting of the YMCA Storer Camps will soon be home to a vertical axis turbine. Located in Jackson, MI, the rural campus is composed of a
large dining hall, lodges and cabins, a nature center, and various
outbuildings. Plans are underway to turn the camp into a net-zero
site. A vertical axis turbine was specified for its quiet operation,
safety for wildlife, and low profile.
The power purchase agreement (PPA) for the equipment
eliminates upfront, installation, and maintenance costs. The YMCA
will save on operating costs from day one, only purchasing the
electricity generated at a discount from what it currently pays the
“When we’re done with our vision, we’ll have a 450-bed campus
that uses less energy than is generated on-site,” says Glen King,
chief development officer for YMCA. “By having renewable
sources like wind, geothermal, solar, and biomass at our camp,
we will provide a total immersion learning environment to show
real-world examples of environmental stewardship and sustainable
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YMCA STORER CAMPS