Solar panels introduced at Safeco Field
Though the Seattle Mariners are still fully expected to compete for the basement of the American League West this season, that hasn't deterred the team's commitment to renewable electricity.
Panasonic Enterprise Solutions Company teamed up with the Mariners to install 168 solar panels at Safeco Field, the team's spectacular home ballpark. The solar panel project, which is expected to be completed before the team's home opener on April 13, will generate approximately 40,000-kilowatt hours of power per year that will feed into the stadium's distribution grid.
According to a release from Panasonic, both the top and bottom of the solar panels will be able to absorb and generate electricity.
Jim Doyle, president of Panasonic Enterprise Solutions Company, said in a statement that the project is designed to ultimately lower the cost of running Safeco Field.
"The Mariners have a commitment to sustainability and our system will help them achieve their goals by using a natural power source, the sun, to reduce Safeco Field 's energy costs," Doyle said. "By making fans aware of how solar energy generation, even in places like Seattle, can make a difference for any site, perhaps more people will consider adopting solar power for their own energy needs."
GreenTech Media reports the Boston Red Sox, San Francisco Giants, Cleveland Indians and other teams have already installed photovoltaic solar systems.