State-of-the-art energy solutions
Southern Company subsidiary Georgia Power partnered with Mercedes-Benz Stadium to help create innovative energy solutions for the new state-of-the-art sports complex. The stadium is home to the Atlanta Falcons, Atlanta United and host of Super Bowl LIII. Georgia Power installed more than 4,000 solar panels and 19 electric vehicle charging stations throughout the campus. The U.S. Green Building Council awarded Mercedes-Benz Stadium the acclaimed titled of the only LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, Platinum certified professional sports stadium in the United States. Platinum is the highest level of achievement awarded by the U.S. Green Building Council. Georgia Power’s 1-megawatt solar installation will generate 1.6 million kilowatt-hours of energy annually, which will help offset approximately 10 percent of the stadium’s energy consumption–an amount of power roughly equivalent to the energy consumed at nine Atlanta Falcons or thirteen Atlanta United games.
SunTrust Park is the Atlanta Braves' new sports complex. SunTrust Park, together with The Battery Atlanta, are a 60-acre mixed-use development and community. As the Official Electric Energy Partner of the Braves, Georgia Power has installed more than 60 electric vehicle charging stations inside the parking decks around the SunTrust Park and The Battery Atlanta. Georgia Power has outfitted the stadium with LED lighting as part of the facility’s power reduction initiative. SunTrust Park is the only facility in Major League Baseball to use all LED lighting. The new venue has reported consuming approximately 25 percent less energy than the previous baseball stadium. Georgia Power’s sustainable energy solutions helped SunTrust Park achieve its LEED Silver certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.
Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED)
LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is the most widely used green building rating system in the world. Certified buildings save energy, water, resources, generate less waste and support human health. Projects pursuing LEED certification earn points across several categories, including energy use and air quality. Based on the number of points achieved, a project will receive one of four LEED rating levels: Certified, Silver, Gold or Platinum.
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