Supporters of sustainable energy have scored a touchdown with a new system photovoltaic energy system that is being installed in the 1.3-million square-foot Patriot Place. The complex, located in Foxborough, Massachusetts, encompasses Gillette Stadium as well as dozens of dining and shopping locations.
Home to the three-time Super Bowl Champions New England Patriots, Gillette Stadium uses more than 1,500 kilowatts of electricity. The new solar panel arrangement will generate approximately 525 kilowatts of power, reducing the amount of electricity used by the stadium and surrounding establishments by more than 33 percent.
This is possible thanks to the Evergreen Solar panels used for the project. The panels are constructed using with a "string ribbon" process, Solar Novus explains. The technology, developed at the nearby Massachusetts Technical Institute, reduces the cost of manufacturing the solar panels, providing businesses with environmental alternatives to conventional power sources.
The panels are also coated with an anti-reflective glass, which delivers 2 to 3 percent more electricity compared to panels with standard glass. Additionally, the panels have a 4 percent higher output under sweltering conditions.
Constellation Energy, the company installing the system, estimates that the arrangement will generate more than 12 million kilowatt hours of electricity during the next 20 years. Further, Constellation claims that the atmosphere will be spared from more than 8,800 metric tons of carbon dioxide – the equivalent of sidelining more than 1,600 passenger vehicles for a year.
Constellation scores an extra point for its commitment to sustainable construction practices. The company is using tools that emit low amounts of carbon. Constellation is also utilizing a wastewater reuse system, which can save millions of gallons of water annually.
Mayo Shattuck, CEO of Constellation Energy, is a known philanthropist. In 2006, Constellation Energy gave approximately $10 million to various nonprofit programs. Shattuck supports philanthropy through volunteering as well encouraging corporate and employee donations, according to his website. Mayo Shattuck is naturally a big supporter of clean and renewable energy.