The Redskins are installing 8,000 solar panels in the FedEx Field parking lot in an effort to make the stadium more environmentally friendly.
According to the Washington Post, the panels will "generate enough electricity to supply a portion of the stadium's power on game days and all of its electricity the rest of the week." They will also help the stadium decrease its annual energy use by 15 percent, a source close to the team told the newspaper. An 850-space car lot, featuring 10 charging stations for electric vehicles, is also part of the team's plans for the stadium.
The project will be completed by the start of the 2011 season, the Post reports. Washington would be the third NFL team to have a project underway to decrease its dependency on traditional energy sources, along with the Eagles and Seahawks.
"It makes great sense from the public awareness standpoint, but it's also good business sense," David Krichavsky, the NFL's director of media affairs, said to the paper. "It's one of those things that's a double or triple win. … We believe that we are responsible in our community to act responsibly on multiple fronts, but also in environmental leadership."