New York Jets Score Solar Touchdown

The New York Jets are one of the National Football League’s glitziest teams, and by unveiling the largest photovoltaic installation at an NFL team headquarters, they’ve now got a hip metaphorically green gloss to go with their familiar green uniforms, oddly charismatic coach, HBO series, new stadium and and dashing Hispanic-hero quarterback.

The solar announcement came from Yingli Green Energy, which provided the 3,000 panels for the Jets’ training center, lying about 12 miles west of Manhattan as the crow flies, in Florham Park, New Jersey. The system is designed to generate upwards of 750,000 kilowatt hours of electricity each year.

image via Yingli Green Energy

There’s a push to get major professional sports teams to green up arenas and stadiums, but when it comes to the NFL, the team headquarters might be a more important target. That’s where players, coaches, medical staff and administration — and, in the case of today’s Jets especially, a swarm of media — virtually live every day except Sunday.

The Jets are buying the electricity from the system owner, Syncarpha Capital, under a long-term power purchase agreement. Another notable aspect of the project is that it represents a big East Coast splash for Yingli, which had gobbled up more than a quarter of the California solar energy market by the end of 2009, but is now aggressively pursuing the East Coast installations.

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Pete Danko is a writer and editor based in Portland, Oregon. His work has appeared in Breaking Energy, National Geographic's Energy Blog, The New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle and elsewhere.

  • This makes me so happy! I cant wait for other teams and cities to realize the importance economically, environmentally, and even socially.