They include three separate phases that, combined, are expected to generate approximately 1.6 million kWh of electricity in the first year of operation. Solar panels are installed atop the Georgia World Congress Center (GWCC) Silver Deck, a GWCC surface parking lot at the corner of Gray Street and Ivan Allen Jr. Blvd., and stadium entry gates and administrative/VIP parking.
The solar installations feature a variety of technologies, including bifacial panels that can capture sunlight from above and reflected from below, clear-backed panels that are translucent, and a modular racking system developed through a partnership with Georgia Tech.
“The renewable energy and solar program at Mercedes-Benz Stadium is a great example of our commitment to lead the sports industry in terms of sustainability and environmental responsibility,” says Scott Jenkins, general manager of Mercedes-Benz Stadium. “Our goal is to collect enough renewable energy each year to power more than nine Atlanta Falcons home games and 13 Atlanta United home matches, and with the solar program we have in place, we feel confident we’ll achieve this and more.”