S.F. Giants Take the Field Under Solar Power

S.F. Giants Take the Field Under Solar Power

The San Francisco Giants and Pacific Gas and Electric Company today announced a joint partnership to install a solar system at AT&T Park. AT&T Park, the first ballpark in Major League Baseball to install a solar system, will provide up to 120 kilowatts of green energy for PG&E customers in the City and County of San Francisco.

PG&E will install up to 590 Sharp solar panels in three areas of AT&T Park. The 120 kilowatts of power generated from the solar panels will feed into San Francisco's power grid to help the city achieve its goal to become the greenest city in the nation.

"We are thrilled to partner with PG&E to bring green power to San Francisco," said Peter Magowan, Giants president and managing general partner. "Through this partnership, we hope to raise awareness about the importance of using energy wisely and efficiently and about the need to develop and utilize renewable energy sources."

Since its inception, the Giants have made energy conservation a priority in AT&T Park's design and daily operations. The park was designed to be an energy efficient facility -- utilizing fluorescent lighting, motion sensor lighting and energy management systems. The Giants and PG&E are also working together to identify other ways to create energy-saving opportunities. The team's new Diamond Vision scoreboard, for instance, uses 78 percent less energy than the ballpark’s original scoreboard, needing only 100 kilowatts of solar energy for the baseball season.

“Reducing our dependence on fossil fuels and protecting our environment requires bold leadership and vision,” said San Francisco mayor Gavin Newsom. “We applaud the Giants and PG&E for their commitment to solar energy and for their long-term focus on helping to make San Francisco the greenest city in the nation.”

The solar installation at AT&T Park is just the latest renewable energy project from PG&E. PG&E currently supplies 12 percent of its energy from qualifying renewable sources under California's Renewable Portfolio Standard - one of the highest volumes of any utility in the United States. Renewables sources in PG&E’s portfolio include solar, wind, biomass, geothermal, and small hydroelectric. In addition, more than 50 percent of the electricity that PG&E delivers to its customers comes from generating resources that emit no or low carbon dioxide.