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Energy Department loan recipient teams up with 49ers to help build new ‘green’ stadium

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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.

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  1. F.D.R. in Hell

    February 4th, 2013

    So, playing football in the dark was a “Green” test?

    I guess NFL will mean “No F—in Lights” :roll:

    NFL Touch Football is next.

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  2. Stranded in Sonoma

    February 4th, 2013

    It’s a CA thing. They have to. If they didn’t, about 3,000 state agencies that monitor energy use and political correctness, of the 100,000 state agencies that exist, would close down the stadium construction.

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  3. norman einstein

    February 4th, 2013

    This is another in-your-face screwing of the taxpayer.
    They’re going to put 2,000 TONS of dirt on the roof?
    And “convenient bicycle parking” — for all of those NFL fans who ride bikes to games.”

    Maybe it’s just me…but this reads like an Algore wet dream.

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  4. Maudie N Mandeville

    February 4th, 2013

    Energy.gov states that New Orleans is teaming with the greenies to save the city $70,000 on ‘energy efficient’ street lights.’

    The biggest savings by far is the fact that over half the city’s street lights don’t work. Add to that the potholes and you’ve got…New Orleans. Stay on Bourbon St.


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  5. Anonymous

    February 4th, 2013

    well, once the government makes the game, “safer, but not quite as exciting”, who the hell will want to see a game in the environmentally friendly green stadium…i’m sure michelle is already working on the healthy snacks we will be able to purchase.

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  6. IronyCurtain

    February 4th, 2013

    Just think – tens of thousands of drunken football fans throwing up in the No-Flush Composting Eco-Toilets.

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  7. MNHawk

    February 4th, 2013

    NFL owners really do know how to play a gullible, low information America for endless tax subsidies, don’t they?

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