NRG Energy, Inc. has received approval from the Harris County Sports & Convention Corporation’s board for a proposal to create a high-level sustainability master plan for the future of NRG Park as well as the installation of solar panels, electric vehicle (EV) charging stations and energy-efficient LED lighting. These updates will make the newly rebranded NRG Stadium the first professional football stadium in the country to be equipped with energy-efficient LED lighting on the field and the first professional football stadium in Texas with a solar installation.
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The NRG Park sustainability improvements are part of a larger effort by NRG to help demonstrate to consumers the benefits of sustainable, reliable power by showcasing the innovative technologies available at professional football stadiums throughout the country. With the completion of the NRG Park project, the company will have installed sustainable energy solutions at six stadiums throughout the country.
“With our efforts at NRG Park and other professional football stadiums across the country, we’re creating awareness of the possibilities sustainable energy can bring here and now, and in doing so, we hope to inspire people to embrace new clean energy solutions,” said NRG President and CEO David Crane.
The master plan along with the proposed improvements will enable visitors to experience sustainable energy in new ways. The NRG Park improvements will include LED field lighting for NRG Stadium and four NRG Haven Solar Canopies. Solar canopies will be located on top of the bridges that span Kirby Drive, one will be located at the ticket booths on the south side of NRG Stadium, and one will be located in the new NRG eVgo electric vehicle charging station lot.
NRG will also install six eVgo electric vehicle charging stations at the park, which will become part of the NRG eVgo® network that supports charging needs for electric vehicle drivers at home, at work, on the road, at their apartment community or even at the airport.
NRG will continue to work closely with its partners to develop a sustainability master plan for the future of NRG Park and its related facilities including NRG Stadium. Four NRG PivitPoints™ kiosk stations were placed in NRG Center earlier this year giving visitors a convenient way to rent portable power packs to charge their mobile devices while on the go.
“Working together with our partners at the Houston Texans, the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, SMG Management and the Harris County Sports & Conventions Corporation, we’re excited to demonstrate technological advancements in on-site power generation,” said Elizabeth Killinger, president of NRG Energy Texas Retail and Reliant. “The enhancements we are making at NRG Park represent exciting progress toward a new era of personal power for Houstonians and people from around the world who visit our great city. The Park will provide the opportunity for folks to see firsthand what is possible in their homes and businesses and ultimately make choices about solutions that are right for them.”
NRG has installed various sustainable solutions such as solar panels, micro-wind turbines and EV charging stations at professional football stadiums in Foxboro, Mass; East Rutherford, NJ; Washington, DC; Philadelphia, PA and San Francisco, CA.
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