29 September 2010

NFL’s largest solar power system completed at New York Jets team headquarters

Apparently green is not just one of the New York Jets team colors, it also represents the organization’s commitment to a more sustainable operation.

On September 28, the Jets along with Yingli Green Energy Holding Company Limited announced the completion of a solar power system that will supply electricity to the team’s headquarters and training center (Atlantic Health Training Center) in Florham Park, NJ.

The system, now the largest of its kind in the National Football League (NFL), utilizes 3,000 Yingli Solar panels that will produce 750,000 kilowatt-hours of electricity for the facility each year, reducing the output of CO2 emissions during the same time period by 540 metric tons or the equivalent of taking 100 cars off the road.

"The New York Jets are excited to be at the forefront of incorporating solar energy into the NFL. When we decided to add solar energy to the Atlantic Health Training Center, going green was the catalyst," said Thad Sheely, New York Jets' Executive Vice President of Finance and Stadium Development. "This project is the first of many green initiatives on behalf of the team, and we are proud to be green in color and also in deed. We chose the right partners and are thrilled about what this installation will do for our organization, our community, and hopefully for inspiring the entire league."

Eric Fortney | @elfortney
Eric is the co-founder & executive editor of This Dish Is Veg. In addition to his TDIV work, Eric is a father of three, runner, and lover of the outdoors.

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