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LANDOVER, Md. – The Washington Redskins unveiled a state-of the art solar energy system at FedEx Field on Thursday.
The NFL team says more than 8,000 solar panels installed on top of one of the parking lots will now supply the stadium with enough power to completely power the facility on non-game days, and enough to power the stadium 20% on game days.
The move puts the Redskins, already first in the NFC East, in the lead for having both the largest solar supply in the D.C. metro area and having the first of its kind facility in the NFL.
In addition to the solar panels, team owner Dan Snyder also unveiled “Solar Man,” a large statue that now sits in front of FedEx field. Solar Man is also an energy generator. Team officials say they hope it will be a reminder to fans of the Redskins’ green economy goals.
Local leaders such as Rep. Donna Edwards (D-Fourth District) and Prince George’s County Executive Rushern Baker applauded the new facility, saying they hope it will serve as a springboard to more green jobs in the area.