--Nearly 600 solar panels finalize energy technology project at
Houston’s preeminent entertainment complex--
HOUSTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Oct. 8, 2015--
Today NRG Energy announces the completion of an energy technology
project at NRG Park®, the 350-acre sports and entertainment complex
encompassing NRG Stadium® and surrounding facilities. The efficient and
renewable energy installations include solar panels, mobile phone power
stations, electric vehicle charging stations, outdoor roof lighting and
energy-efficient LED lights, making NRG Stadium the first professional
sports venue in Texas to draw upon these advanced features.
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Nearly 600 solar panels have been installed atop pedestrian bridges and around NRG Stadium, making their debut for the Houston Texans’ 2015 season. The solar panels complete a sustainability package at NRG Energy’s namesake stadium, including electric vehicle charging stations, energy-efficient LED lighting and NRG Street Charge solar-powered mobile device charging stations. (Photo: Business Wire)
“NRG and Reliant are excited to enhance NRG Park so locals and visitors
from around the world can experience first-hand new energy innovations
that they might have heard or read about,” said Elizabeth Killinger,
president of NRG Retail and Reliant. “We want to raise the bar for what
consumers expect from their power company and inspire people to consider
adopting energy innovations at home, at work and on-the-go.”
To complement NRG Park’s design, hundreds of solar panels and colorful
lighting were installed above pedestrian walkways and gathering places,
providing shade to visitors and helping power the facilities. The panels
are located atop the two pedestrian bridges that span Kirby Drive, above
the stadium entrance at Budweiser Plaza and over the new NRG EVgo®
charging station lot. These installations are expected to generate 181KW
of renewable energy at the home of the Houston Texans and the Houston
Livestock Show and Rodeo™. Also located at NRG Stadium are seven NRG
Street Charge® stations, each a 12.5-foot tower equipped with solar
panels and a bevy of mobile device charging cables where visitors can
plug in and get a free charge.
The project’s completion coincides with Energy Action Month, a
nationally recognized initiative each October that focuses attention on
the electricity we use in our daily lives and encourages people to
improve their energy efficiency. Last October, NRG Stadium heeded this
call to action by switching
on its 65,000 LED lights for the first time. This extensive system
of high-efficiency lighting made the stadium one of the first in
professional sports to install this technology, which uses 60 percent
less energy than the prior lights.
These sustainable energy installations also include six NRG EVgo
charging stations, located along the northwest corner of the Green Lot
across from the West VIP entrance. Each charging bay is equipped with a
level 2 charger, which provides 12-25 miles of range per hour of
charging. All are available for use by any EV driver any day of the
week, excluding certain event days.
“NRG Park has welcomed some of the world’s top entertainers, most
spirited sports fans and respected corporations,” said Edgar Colon,
chairman of the Harris County Sports & Convention Corporation. “Through
the completion of the solar installation, we are proud to be a part of
the energy innovation conversation and serve as a model for others to
For more information about the project, please visit nrg.com/about/who-we-are/nrgpark.
NRG is leading a customer-driven change in the U.S. energy industry by
delivering cleaner and smarter energy choices, while building on the
strength of the nation’s largest and most diverse competitive power
portfolio. A Fortune 200 company, we create value through reliable and
efficient conventional generation while driving innovation in solar and
renewable power, electric vehicle ecosystems, carbon capture technology
and customer-centric energy solutions. Our retail electricity providers
serve almost 3 million residential and commercial customers throughout
the country. More information is available at nrg.com.
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About NRG Park
NRG Park is the premier sports, convention, tradeshow/consumer show and
entertainment complex located in Harris County, specifically Houston’s
South Main corridor district. Four major facilities – NRG Stadium, NRG
Center, NRG Arena and NRG Astrodome – encompass 350 acres and provide
26,000 parking spaces. NRG Park is home to the NFL’s Houston Texans, the
Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo™, WrestleMania X-Seven & 25th
Anniversary of WrestleMania, NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball
Championship South Regional 2008, 2010 & 2015, NCAA Division I Men’s
Basketball Final Four 2011 & 2016 and hosts over 500 events annually.
For more information visit nrgpark.com.
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and on Instagram @nrgpark.
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NRG Energy, Inc.
Bobby Zafarnia, 713-537-2159