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Written by The Staff   
Wednesday, 21 March 2007 01:09
AT&T Park

The Giants will announce a plan today to install 590 Solar Panels at AT&T Park. The panels will have the equivalent of generating the same electricity as about 40 home roof systems.

The announcement will be made by Giants principle owner, Peter Magowan and Tom King, CEO of Pacific Gas & Electric. As reported by the San Jose Mercury News:

Most of the panels will be built like awnings over brick archways on the back of the stadium near McCovey Cove, said Giants spokeswoman Staci Slaughter, with others placed on the roof near the front of the stadium by the Acme Chophouse restaurant. They are scheduled to be installed starting in April, with completion in about two months.

The deal between the Giants and Pacific Gas & Electric has a unique twist. As further reported:

The Giants won't pay for the solar panels. Nor will the electricity generated from them power the stadium. Instead, PG&E will purchase and pay to install and maintain the panels. PG&E will own them and the electricity, PG&E spokesman Keely Wachs said. The approximately 123 kilowatts of power from the panels will be transmitted to the general power grid, and PG&E will sell it to customers around Northern California.

So in some ways, the stadium is a Giant solar billboard.

"As a company, we are trying to promote solar as much as possible," Wachs said. "We're demonstrating that with this partnership."

 
 
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