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A giant football player made of Redskins burgundy solar panels now graces the parking lot at FedEx Field.
 
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  A giant football player made of Redskins burgundy solar panels now graces the parking lot at FedEx Field.  

 

The Washington Redskins are huddling with industry executives to kickoff the largest solar installation in the D.C. area.

Redskins own calls it a touchdown for the solar industry. 

"There’s over 8,000 solar panels that have been installed here at FedEx Field," says Snyder.  

The Redskins partnered with solar company NRG to install the panels, which cover a swath of the stadium and a portion of the parking lot. The panels are expected to keep 1,780 metric tons of carbon out of the atmosphere.

NRG president David Crane says its a big step forward.

"We think American businesses and American consumers want energy innovation," Crane says. "They want energy choices. But the level of awareness is not what it needs to be. We’re just very appreciative the Redskins were willing to allow us to tell them what we thought could be accomplished at their stadium."

In addition to providing power, the parking lot panels will give shade to cars, and a giant silhouette of a football player at the stadium entrance will also produce power. The sculpture -- called Solar Man -- is covered in solar panels made of Redskins burgundy. Prince George's County executive Rushern Baker says he's pleased to see the team lead the charge on green power.

"It is a great day for us in Prince George's County," says Baker. "It is a great day for Maryland. But more important it is a great day for the Washington Redskins team for leading the nation on what the future looks like."

The project is expected to produce 20 percent of the stadium’s power on game days and 100 percent of its power on non-game days. They have also installed 10 new electric vehicle charging stations as part of the initiative.

 

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