LANDOVER, Md. (AP) — The Washington Redskins are going solar.

The team announced Wednesday that solar power panels will be in place at FedEx Field and in the Landover stadium’s parking lot this September. The system will provide a portion of the stadium’s electricity on game days and all of its electricity on non-game days.

NRG Energy will install 8,000 panels that will provide clean energy as well as covered parking that the team said will protect fans from inclement weather and enhance tailgating.

The solar power installation is the latest in a growing number planned or already built across the region, including buildings at Catholic University, a Prince George’s County church, the curved roof of the Delaware Field House at the University of Delaware, Perdue’s Salisbury corporate headquarters, and a state prison complex near Hagerstown.

Panels will cover 850 parking spaces and provide two megawatts of electricity. The nine-year agreement also includes an NRG-branded entry plaza at Gate A that will inform fans about renewable energy and showcase clean energy technologies. The plaza will feature 10 electric vehicle charging stations from the company’s charging network.

Redskins owner Dan Snyder said the team was excited to partner with the company in an effort that “will reduce our environmental impact and offer our fans another unique experience.”

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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