The Washington Redskins have made a major solar powered announcement. In conjunction with NRG Energy, FedEx Field, home of the Redskins will become the NFL’s largest solar installation. On non-game days 100% of the stadium’s power will come from solar energy. Game days will see 20% of the stadium’s power produced by the 8,285-panel solar system. Redskins owner, Daniel Snyder is hoping this improvement will influence change in stadiums across the US. “I’m hoping other NFL owners jump on the bandwagon,” Synder said in a statement.
In groundbreaking news that has shocked the solar community, the state of New Jersey has surpassed California as the largest solar market. Commercially, the solar energy market soared 170% in New Jersey during the second quarter. While California still remains the largest solar market in the United States, New Jersey now accounts for 24% of all photovoltaic solar systems in the country. New Jersey’s legislators have been proponents of solar energy for years, offering incredible solar rebates and competitive solar renewable energy certificates.
A few weeks ago, SolarPros wrote about the fifth annual Solar Decathlon that took place on September 23, 2011. This year, the University of Maryland took the crown with an innovative solar home design that combined several forms of solar technology. The design even allowed water used in the home to be recycled in the home, and also allowed rainwater to feed the landscaping surrounding the house. 19 homes were included in the competition, but the University of Maryland beat out the competitors by earning 951 points out of 1,000. See footage of the decathlon by watching this video.