Believe it or not, but we still encounter companies who think that embracing a more energy efficient business model or implementing eco-friendly practices would be too difficult, too expensive or simply not right for their type of facilities. One of my favorite aspects of what we do at Energy Edge is tailoring energy efficiency projects for any business, regardless of the age of the building or type of industry.
Recently, Washington Redskins football team proved that any business, regardless of the product or service they provide, has the capacity to go green.
BusinessGreen.com recently reported that the team has become one of the first US sports franchises to embrace solar energy, announcing that it is to install up to 2MW of solar panels at its FedExField stadium near Washington DC.
The company will install 8,000 solar panels, covering 850 spaces in the stadium parking lot and deploy new thin-film solar cells at one of the stadium’s main gates as part of a display demonstrating clean energy technologies.
“Combined, the arrays will generate enough energy to meet all the stadium’s requirements on non-game days and provide a chunk of the energy required when the team is playing.”
The Redskins are setting a great example for other businesses that might not consider themselves a prime candidate for a more energy efficient structure. With a little creativity, innovation and the knowledge of qualified and experienced professionals, any company can cut costs while reducing their carbon footprint.
Can you think of another unexpected industry that would set a great example by moving toward a more energy-efficient business model?