Over 600,000 Solar Panels Powered Super Bowl LVIII in Historic Green Milestone

Renewable Energy at Allegiant Stadium

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Kansas City Chiefs fans were over the moon when their team won last night's Super Bowl in a thrilling game that went into overtime. But for climate activists, the real victory happened behind the scenes. For the first time ever, the NFL's biggest game of the year was played in a stadium powered by 100% renewable energy.

Super Bowl LVIII was played in Las Vegas' Allegiant Stadium, which is home to the Las Vegas Raiders. In October 2023, the stadium announced that it had completely converted to renewable energy in partnership with NV Energy. All of the sustainable energy sources come from within Nevada and are used to power all of the stadium's events. According to a report by USA Today, part of that renewable energy comes from 621,000 solar panels installed in the Nevada desert.

The Super Bowl was certainly a high-wattage event, from the lights on the field that captured every pass that the Chiefs' Patrick Mahomes and the 49ers' Brock Purdy made to the enormous setup for Usher's half-time spectacle. Luckily, the solar panel array was more than capable of producing enough power for the big event.

Renewable Energy at Allegiant Stadium

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According to NV Energy CEO Doug Cannon, the panels produce enough energy for 60,000 residences. In order for an event like the Super Bowl to run smoothly, the panels needed to produce 10 megawatts. That's enough power for 46,000 homes.

But electricity isn't the only way that Allegiant Stadium stays green. They also divert grass clippings to an onsite biomass machine for compost, divert cigarette waste from landfills and transform it into energy, and reuse, repurpose, or donate wastewater. And all that food that is generated by the stadium? They also have a program to collect food scraps that can be composted or turned into livestock feed.

All of this means that they are leading the charge in showing how we can continue to enjoy the entertainment we love while also lessening our impact on the planet.

Super Bowl LVIII was 100% powered by renewable energy thanks to an enormous solar array in the Nevada desert.

Las Vegas' Allegiant Stadium converted to renewable energy in October 2023 and even has a large composting program on-site.

h/t: [USA Today]

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Jessica Stewart

Jessica Stewart is a Staff Editor and Digital Media Specialist for My Modern Met, as well as a curator and art historian. Since 2020, she is also one of the co-hosts of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. She earned her MA in Renaissance Studies from University College London and now lives in Rome, Italy. She cultivated expertise in street art which led to the purchase of her photographic archive by the Treccani Italian Encyclopedia in 2014. When she’s not spending time with her three dogs, she also manages the studio of a successful street artist. In 2013, she authored the book 'Street Art Stories Roma' and most recently contributed to 'Crossroads: A Glimpse Into the Life of Alice Pasquini'. You can follow her adventures online at @romephotoblog.
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