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Sep 282010

The New York Jets' Atlantic Health Training Center (Photo: PR Newswire)

From Green Right Now Reports

Solar energy company Yingli Green Energy and the New York Jets today announced the completion of a solar power system at the Jets’ team headquarters and training center in Florham Park, N.J. This is the largest photovoltaic installation at a NFL team headquarters, utilizing more than 3,000 Yingli Solar panels.

The Atlantic Health Training Center solar installation marks another prominent solar success for the state of New Jersey, which is second only to California in solar installations. Designed to generate more than 750,000 kilowatt-hours of electricity for the building each year, the project is projected to reduce CO2 emissions by 540 metric tons each year, which is equivalent to taking more than 100 cars off the road.

Work began at the Training Center in late June, and the project was generating power about eight weeks later.

“The New York Jets are excited to be at the forefront of incorporating solar energy into the NFL. When we decided to add solar energy to the Atlantic Health Training Center, going green was the catalyst,” Thad Sheely, New York Jets’ executive vice president of finance and stadium development, said in a statement. “This project is the first of many green initiatives on behalf of the team, and we are proud to be green in color and also in deed. We chose the right partners and are thrilled about what this installation will do for our organization, our community, and hopefully for inspiring the entire league.”

Syncarpha Capital is the system’s owner and all of the power generated will be sold to the Jets under a long-term power purchase agreement. The deal allows the team to save tens of thousands of dollars each year in electricity expenses with no capital outlay.

SunDurance Energy provided the turnkey design and construction of the project, and partnered with Evolution Energies as the project developer.