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Fenway Installs Solar Panels

fenway.jpgFenway Park — the home of the Boston Red Sox — has installed 28 solar panels which are expected to save the park an estimated 18 tons of CO2 emissions annually.

Energy generated from the project, which is being spearheaded by National Grid, will replace more than one-third of the approximately 3.1 million BTUs used for the process of heating water where the Boston Red Sox make their home, RenewableEnergyWorld reports. The maximum daily solar panel thermal energy production will be approximately 1.1 million BTUs, 37 percent of the current load.

The National Resources Defense Council said it will help the Sox make Fenway as environmentally friendly as it can be in time for the park’s 100th birthday in 2012, the Boston Globe reports.

Major League Baseball and the Natural Resources Defense Council recently announced the creation of a Team Greening Program to support and coordinate environmentally-sensitive practices in baseball.

Other initiatives the 96-year-old park is taking include recycling, using low-energy LED bulbs in the park’s signs, and printing schedules and guides on recycled paper. The park has also implemented a water conservation program, a decrease in the use of fertilizer, and bio-diesel powered lawnmowers. The refreshments department is even introducing recycled food and beverage containers, recycling restaurant grease, and using more locally grown ingredients.

Last July, a solar power system was unveiled at the San Francisco Giants’ AT&T Park.

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