- Associated Press - Thursday, November 18, 2010

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - The Philadelphia Eagles are going even greener.

The team said Thursday that it will add wind turbines, solar panels and a cogeneration plant at Lincoln Financial Field over the next year and the combination of energy sources will make the stadium self-sufficient and let the Eagles sell some of its power back to the electric grid.

Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie called the plan a “vital step towards energy independence.”

“Owning an NFL team, I think you have an opportunity to lead the way,” he told reporters at the stadium. “It’s a public building seen across the country and, sometimes, the world.”

Under the plan, 80 spiral-shaped wind turbines will be mounted on the stadium’s roof and 2,500 solar panels attached to the stadium’s facade. The cogeneration plant would be powered by biodiesel and natural gas.

Lurie told The Associated Press that the wind-turbine design is “aesthetically gorgeous,” bird-friendly and iconic.

The project is expected to be finished by September.




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