Seattle Mariners’ Safeco Field Going Green with Panasonic Solar Panels

A solar panel system comprised of 168 Panasonic HIT Double solar panels from Panasonic Enterprise Solutions Company has been installed at Safeco Field, the Seattle Mariners’ home ballpark. HIT Double solar panels absorb and generate electricity from both the top and bottom sides of the solar panel. Installation was completed in time for the start of the 2012 baseball season.

The project is part of the Seattle Mariners ongoing commitment to sustainability that includes electric vehicle charging stations, high-efficiency lighting and other eco-friendly measures. InSpec Group, the contractor on the project, has designed the 168 Panasonic solar panel system to be mounted on the elevator canopy of the parking garage and the roof of the skybridge that spans Edgar Martinez Drive. The 32.76-kilowatt system will generate approximately 40,000-kilowatt hours of power annually which will feed into the Safeco Field distribution grid. Fans will be able to track the amount of power generated by the solar panels on the monitors inside the ballpark.

“The Mariners have a commitment to sustainability and our system will help them achieve their goals by using a natural power source, the sun, to reduce Safeco Field’s energy costs,” says Jim Doyle, President of the Panasonic Enterprise Solutions Company. “By making fans aware of how solar energy generation, even in places like Seattle, can make a difference for any site, perhaps more people will consider adopting solar power for their own energy needs.”

Noted environmentalist and actor Ed Begley, Jr., a proponent of solar panel systems, is working with Panasonic on a solar panel installation system for his new home that he is building in Los Angeles.

“The installation of Panasonic’s bifacial panels at Safeco Field sounds like a home run to me,” says Begley, Jr. “Safeco Field will reap many benefits with this unique solar panel system where electricity is generated from both sides. For Safeco and the Mariners, it makes economic sense to use the power of the sun to help reduce their energy costs. In addition, it puts them in the environmental forefront with their Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) program.”