Sacramento, Calif. – Today, the Sacramento Kings and SMUD announced a new partnership to provide Golden 1 Center one of the lightest environmental footprints of any arena in the world. The partnership includes two key components: SolarShares®: The Kings and SMUD have agreed to a 20-year SolarShares partnership to provide Golden 1 Center with approximately 85 percent of its annual electricity needs. The recently announced 10.88-megawatt solar farm planned for Rancho Seco will generate a portion of this clean, renewable energy. By powering Golden 1 Center with energy from SolarShares, nearly 2,000 tons of greenhouse gas emissions will be kept out of the atmosphere each year, which is equivalent to the amount of emissions generated by over four million vehicle miles.Energy Efficiency Consulting and Collaboration: SMUD’s nationally recognized experts have worked closely with Golden 1 Center’s designers to make it one of the most energy-efficient arenas in the world. As a direct result of this collaboration, the arena's on target to achieve LEED Gold certification – making it the first NBA arena in California and one of the first in the country to achieve this prestigious status. SMUD is also providing incentives for a number of energy-efficiency measures recommended by its experts, including extensive use of LED lighting, highly efficient Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC), advanced energy controls and the rooftop solar photovoltaic system.
Read more at www.nba.com »