Jan 25, 2013 at 02:00 PM
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49ers Add Sustainability Partner For New Stadium

NRG Energy, which has in the past few years cut deals with several new NFL stadiums, has agreed to bring sustainable energy to the San Francisco 49ers' new Santa Clara Stadium under the terms of a new partnership that will make it the team's exclusive sustainable energy provider. Team officials say the stadium will be the first professional sports venue in California to achieve net zero energy performance.

As one of the first Founding Partners for the new stadium, NRG will install a number of state-of-the-art solar elements that will provide enough power over the course of a year to offset the power consumed at the stadium during 49ers home games.

“NRG is much more than a Founding Partner, they are providing the energy leadership, infrastructure and expertise to help us achieve the vision of making the new Santa Clara Stadium an economically and environmentally sustainable showcase for innovation,” said Jed York, Chief Executive Officer, San Francisco 49ers. “As we strive to build a stadium that embodies all that is unique and special about both the Bay Area and Silicon Valley, this partnership with NRG will make very lofty goals become realities.”

"The 49ers are not only one of the leading and most successful franchises in the history of the NFL, they have also been for decades community leaders in the Bay Area and with the entire 49ers fan base. Today and going forward, we are honored to support the 49ers as they extend their off-the-field community leadership into the critically important arena of clean and sustainable energy," said David Crane, President and CEO of NRG Energy. “And NRG is proud to partner with the San Francisco 49ers and the Santa Clara Stadium Authority in the pursuit of another milestone, the LEED certification of their new stadium.”

NRG has similar sustainability partnerships in place with MetLife Stadium (New York Jets / New York Giants), Reliant Stadium (Houston Texans), Cowboys Stadium (Dallas Cowboys), Lincoln Field (Philadelphia Eagles), FedEx Field (Washington Redskins) and Gillette Stadium (New England Patriots). #dealstag