Major League Baseball is set to begin its 2018 season on Thursday, March 31.
Stadiums appear to be ideal sites for solar adoption, but not all franchises have turned to the sun to power their stadiums.
Which teams have taken steps to reduce their carbon footprint with solar energy?
Boston Red Sox
The Boston Red Sox are three-time World Series champions since 2004 and became the second American League team to adopt solar in 2008.
San Diego Padres
Southern California is known for its sun and beautiful climate, making it the ideal station for solar adoption.
The Padres earlier this year announced plans to install a 336,520 megawatt system at Petco Park — easily the largest of any MLB team.
The Diamondbacks are arguably better positioned to harness solar energy than any other team.
The Phoenix-based baseball team has mapped out Chase Field’s sustainability map, which includes recycling stations, water efficiency measures, and the APS Solar Pavilion.
The 17,280 square foot APS Solar Pavilion produces 100,000 kilowatt hours of energy a year, enough to power nearly 14 percent of the team’s regular season home games per year.
Seattle may not seem like the most logical city for solar adoption, but it hasn’t stopped the Mariners from making the ambitious move to install a 32.6-kilowatt system atop the stadium’s parking garage.
The system is expected to slash the garage’s reliance of traditional fossil fuels by up to 30 percent.
St. Louis Cardinals
The St. Louis Cardinals won the World Series in 2011 and then proceeded to become one of the first teams to adopt solar.
The team installed a 32,000 kilowatt system at Busch Stadium in 2012.
Not bad for a few months.
Progressive Field became the first American League ballpark to go solar in 2007.
Cleveland’s ‘Our Tribe is Green’ campaign highlights the team’s eco-friendly endeavors.
The team’s photovoltaic system produces enough energy to power the stadium’s 400 televisions.
Kansas City Royals
Kauffman Stadium in 2012 became an early adopter of solar when the Royals installed a modest 28.8 kilowatt system.
The system was installed just months ahead of the 2012 All-Star Game.
The Royals have since went on to become 2014-15 American League Champions and defeated the New York Mets in the 2015 World Series.
San Francisco Giants
The former New York franchise turned to solar in 2007 and has won three World Series titles since.
We don’t think that is a coincidence.
The system has saved over 360,000 pounds of greenhouse gases since installation.
No New York representation
Citi Field (New York Mets) and Yankee Stadium (New York Yankees) have yet to take measures to become solar adopters.
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