UPDATED APRIL 16 to reflect whose panels were used in the St. Louis project — SCHOTT Solar.
Missouri’s two Major League Baseball (MLB) teams have recently scored renewable energy projects. Both the St. Louis Cardinals and the Kansas City Royals have installed solar panels that were up and running when the 2012 season opened.
At Busch Stadium in St. Louis, home of the 2011 World Series Champions, the Cardinals and St. Louis-based Microgrid Energy have installed 106 solar panels on the roofs of the concession area and ticket building in the Ford Family Plaza. The solar array at the stadium’s northeast corner will produce up to 32,000 KW of energy each year — enough to cook four million hot dogs.
SCHOTT Solar PV recently provided the solar panels for the two rooftop solar arrays at Busch Stadium.
At Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, the venue for the 2012 All Star Game, the Royals have partnered with KCP&L, the local electric utility, to install a solar array capable of producing 36,000 KW of energy each year. The 120 solar panels are mounted on the roof of Kauffman Stadium’s Outfield Experience canopy facing south. A kiosk located in the Outfield Experience will educate fans about the benefits of solar energy and provide more information about the stadium’s use of renewables.
The Cardinals will celebrate Solar Day on April 29 when they take on the Milwaukee Brewers. Along with the Royals, they join five other MLB teams incorporating solar energy at their stadiums. Both the Cardinals and Royals hope their solar projects will reduce energy costs and raise awareness about the benefits of renewable energy nationwide.