SANTA CLARA, CA—NRG Energy Inc., theSanta Clara Stadium Authority and the SanFrancisco 49ers recently celebrated the completion of theNRG Solar Terrace as well as the photovoltaicsolar systems for the three NRG Energy Bridges at Levi's Stadium. This step makes it the firststadium in the US that is home to a professional football team withLEED certification standards incorporated into the original designand architecture.

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Among the installations are solar panels expected to generateenough energy annually to offset the power consumed at the stadiumduring 49ers regular season home games, with the goal to achieve a“net zero” energy use. “The vision for an energy-efficient andvisually-stunning stadium has been realized,” says San Francisco49ers president Paraag Marathe. “We've neverstrayed from what we wanted Levi's Stadium to represent and that isa place to comfortably enjoy exciting sports and entertainmentevents and a venue that sparks a new view of what sustainabilityand being environmentally conscious can look like.”

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Levi's Stadium will be powered with assistance from a 375 kWsolar installation, comprised of more than 1,150 solar panels alongthe NRG Solar Terrace and three NRG Energy Bridges. SunPower Corp.,the exclusive solar technology partner to the new stadium, suppliedits high efficiency, E20/327-watt solar panels for the NRG EnergyBridges and the NRG Solar Terrace. Serving as the main entry andexit avenues to the stadium, the bridges showcase the customizabledesign of NRG renewable solutions and will provide shade on warmgame days. The bridges also serve as inspiration for anyone seekingsustainable energy solutions for themselves on a smaller-scale.

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“It is reassuring to know that when leading franchises like the49ers with a rich tradition of innovation and success decide toembrace clean energy, they turn to NRG,” says DavidCrane, president and CEO of NRG. “We are pleased to helpthe 49ers turn their new state-of-the-art stadium into a model forothers as we reach for the clean energy future.”

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NRG has also installed six eVgo electric vehicle chargingstations in the Great America parking lot which have the ability tocharge up to 12 vehicles. These chargers will become part of theNRG eVgo network that supports charging needs for electric vehicledrivers at home, at work, on the road, at their apartment communityor even at the airport.

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Levi's Stadium is one of seven stadiums used for college orprofessional football where NRG has installed its smart energysolutions. Other venues, including NRG Stadium, FedExField, LincolnFinancial Field, MetLife Stadium, Patriot Place and Arizona State'sSun Devil Stadium have partnered with NRG to push the clean energymovement forward and create structures that generate and thrivefrom their own on-site energy generation. As the sustainable energypartner of the 49ers, NRG will continue to explore otheropportunities to help enhance the stadium's sustainabilityefforts.

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The stadium, as GlobeSt.com previously reported, will bethe new home to the San Francisco 49ers, and will also serve as oneof the world's best outdoor sports and entertainmentvenues. It was designed by HNTB and is being built byTurner/Devcon for the Santa Clara Stadium Authority. The$1.2-billion venue will have 1.85 million square feet, seatapproximately 68,500 and feature 170 luxury suites and 9,000 clubseats. It was designed to be a multi-purpose facility with theflexibility to host a wide range of events, including domestic andinternational soccer, college football, motocross, concerts andvarious civic events, and will be expandable for major events suchas the Super Bowl, as GlobeSt.com previouslyreported. Levi's Stadium is owned by the Santa Clara StadiumAuthority, a public joint powers authority that wasestablished to provide for development and operation ofLevi's® Stadium to ensure that the stadium serves the goals ofthe City of Santa Clara.

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