(Kickin County News) – Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas has become the first NFL stadium powered entirely by renewable energy. According to Business Insider, the stadium has a 25-year deal with NV Energy to buy power from a solar farm in the Nevada desert, which has 621,000 panels and battery storage and is owned by the utility NV Energy and was developed by EDF Renewables.
The stadium’s sustainability efforts also include waste management and energy-efficient systems. During the Super Bowl, the stadium is expected to use approximately 28 megawatt hours of power, equivalent to the amount of power used by about 46,000 homes.
The stadium’s greenhouse gas emissions are being tracked by NZero, which believes that using renewable energy on such a large stage could inspire others to move in the same direction. A spokesperson for NV Energy has also said that the deal with Allegiant Stadium is part of its strategy to produce 50% of its energy from renewable sources by 2030, as state law requires.
The Las Vegas Raiders, who play their home games at Allegiant Stadium, have been praised for their sustainability efforts. The stadium’s programs to keep waste out of landfills and its energy- and water-efficient systems have earned LEED Gold Certification, the second-highest ranking by the US Green Building Council trade group.
Allegiant Stadium’s commitment to renewable energy is a significant milestone for the NFL and the sports industry. Using renewable energy on such a large scale could inspire other stadiums, homes, small businesses, and corporations to move in the same direction