Three Solar Installations Produce 100% Renewable Energy
Excelsior Energy Capital, Monarch Private Capital, Unico Solar Investors, Oak View Group and the Seattle Kraken announced the completion of three solar installations as part of the redevelopment of Climate Pledge Arena, which aims to be the first stadium in the world to be Net Zero Carbon-certified by the International Living Future Institute (ILFI). The onsite solar arrays produce energy totaling 1.2 megawatts.
“Climate Pledge Arena is the new gold standard for sports and entertainment venues, setting an example not only by demonstrating how adaptive reuse can work for large-scale redevelopment, but also showing how these energy-intensive buildings can be reimagined for a greener future and a healthier climate,” said Brett Phillips, vice president of Unico Solar.
With space for 18,100 sports fans or concertgoers, the multipurpose Climate Pledge Arena was redeveloped just in time for the Kraken’s first home game under the roof designed by architect Paul Thiry. Solar panels have been installed on the new Alaska Airlines Atrium and the First Avenue North parking garage in addition to the Kraken Training Center at Northgate where the NHL’s 32nd franchise trains.
The solar arrays convert sunlight to power the arena, and Seattle’s wet climate helps keep the panels clean. Together with off-site renewable energy, these solar panels help produce enough energy to power the arena with 100 percent renewable energy. Climate Pledge Arena has also implemented water conservation measures and zero-waste goals including eliminating single-use plastic within the arena by 2024.