Super Bowl LIII Stadium is Solar And Has A Vegetable Garden
Mercedes-Benz Stadium Atlanta, host of the 2019 Super Bowl, is the first sports facility ever to receive Platinum certification from LEED: Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design.
Built with custom solar-paneled car ports, the stadium generates enough to power the entire stadium for 10 NFL games and some of the neighborhood.
LEED is a global ranking system that provides a framework to create healthy, highly efficient and cost-saving green buildings. Other aspects that helped the Stadium’s score is LED lighting, a 2-million-gallon reservoir for storing and reusing rain water, a bike valet program, and a garden that grows food served at the arena's concession stands.
“Most of the projects pay for themselves within a few years, depending on factors like the rebate rate offered by local utility companies and the amount of sun the region gets.” Finn Findley, CEO of Quest Renewables
How It Works:
Electricity generated by the panels don’t directly power the stadium. Energy is put back into the power grid, and their utility company Georgia Power then provides the stadium's owners with rebates for the amount of power it generates. This allows the utility company to rely less on its fossil fuel power plants.
This arrangement may be attractive to corporations interested in reducing their environmental footprint, upgrading the quality of their resources, and receiving good PR.