As the San Francisco 49ers prepare to take the field for the Super Bowl, the team announced that its future stadium will set new standards for “green” sustainability among professional football teams — and it’s getting more than a little help from the White House along the way.
The 49ers have teamed up with renewable energycompany NRG Energy to make the stadium more environmentally friendly, with plans to make it the first professional football stadium to open with LEED certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.
“I want people to understand that this isn’t green for green’s sake; this is going to be a functionally green stadium,” said Jed York, CEO of the 49ers.
David Crane, president and CEO of NRG Energy, said that “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 Energy has been a major recipient of the same controversial loan guarantees received by the now-bankrupt solar company Solyndra. NRG has received $3.8 billion in DOE loan guarantees — nearly 24 percent of the total loans granted under the Section 1705 loan program.