With the NFL lockout still in full-swing, free agency, training camp schedules, and a host of other factors are on hold.
As negotiations continue to develop off the field, one prominent franchise has launched a plan to help cut costs at the stadium, regardless of whether games will be in session.
The Washington Redskins announced plans on Wednesday to install thousands of solar panels at FedEx Field. The Washington Post reports that the 8,000 energy-efficient add-ons will reside in the stadium's parking lot, powering a portion of the facility's in-game responsibilities and all electrical needs during non-game days.
Redskins officials released a statement Wednesday morning, unveiling the club's nine-year partnership with NRG Energy. Along with the solar panels, NRG will install 10 charging stations, granting owners of electric vehicles the ability to charge their cars before heading home.
"Our partnership with NRG will add to the fans' game day experience at FedEx Field and offers a unique example of how solar energy installations can do more than generate power," said Dan Snyder, owner of the Redskins, in the statement. "NRG's expertise and vision are a great match for us and we are excited to be part of this effort that will reduce our environmental impact and offer our fans another unique experience."
The Washington Post report adds that Snyder's team becomes the third NFL franchise over the past year to dabble with green stadium technology. Last November, the Associated Press reported that the Philadelphia Eagles revealed a project to add wind turbines, solar panels and a cogeneration plant to Lincoln Financial Field. Those add-ons are geared toward making the club's home turf a self-sufficient area.
In May 2011, the Seattle Seahawks also joined the green fray, engineering a project that will turn Qwest Field's roof into a solar powerhouse. The franchise estimated that the decision would reduce annual stadium utility costs by more than 20 percent.