What’s more American than the Super Bowl? As NFL’s biggest event of the year, over 70,000 people from all over the country attended Superbowl LIII. Hosted in Atlanta, Georgia at the Mercedes Benz Stadium, fans of the New England Patriots and the Los Angeles Rams should know that solar energy was the real MVP that made this game possible. And while the game was exhilarating to watch, the Atlanta Mercedes-Benz Stadium is remarkable for far more than just the sports being played in it.
The state-of-the-art Atlanta Mercedes-Benz Stadium, which opened in August of 2017, is the first professional sports stadium in North America to receive the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum ranking. This distinction is given for the highest “green” rating a building can achieve for its remarkable use of sustainable energy, and “green” amenities. Generated from the 4,000 solar panels installed on the grounds, over 1,600 megawatts (MW) are produced every year. That’s enough electricity to support 160 homes in the city of Atlanta, or enough to power nine Atlanta Falcons games.
Furthering “green” efforts, the Atlanta Mercedes-Benz Stadium has also collected over a million pounds of recycled material, has electric car charging stations, and uses 100% compostable cups and straws! By utilizing solar energy and responsible “green” practices, the Atlanta Mercedes-Benz Stadium helps prevent pollution and keeps the wonderful city of Atlanta clean.
Professional sports leagues are quickly realizing that solar energy reduces operating and electricity costs when powering their sports events. Pioneering the clean energy movement, the Mercedes-Benz Stadium is one of many professional facilities that use solar energy, including NBA, MLB, NHL, MLS, and NASCAR.
The city of Atlanta, Georgia and the Atlanta Falcons should be proud to set the new standard for how solar energy and “green” technology can make a difference for generations to come. Currently ranked as no.11th in the nation for solar capacity, the State of Georgia is turning sustainable goals into reality. Although the Atlanta Mercedes-Benz Stadium is the first stadium to get the LEED Platinum ranking, there’s no doubt that it won’t be the last. The Atlanta Mercedes-Benz Stadium is setting the example for other industries in Atlanta, and elsewhere in the country, to make a bigger push for renewable solar power, and “green” practices.