Chase Field will have a new feature this season – a stylish structure that will generate 75 kilowatts of solar power and provide Arizona Diamondbacks fans with extra summer shade.
A product of a partnership between the D-backs, Maricopa County Stadium District and APS, the structure will cover 17,280 square feet above the plaza area near the ballpark’s western entrances and ticket booths. Construction begins today and is expected to be complete by May.
“The solar structure will not only further distinguish the D-backs’ green initiatives among professional sports teams, but it will also provide needed shading near the ballpark to enhance our fan experience during the hot summer months,” said D-backs President and CEO Derrick Hall. “This innovative project will be on display when baseball fans from around the world visit downtown Phoenix in July to attend the All-Star Game at Chase Field.”
APS plans to use the solar facility, which will have a 20-year life span, as a technical demonstration project. It will include electric vehicle charging stations and test a battery storage system.
“We are pleased to develop this project as part of our existing partnership with the D-backs and MCSD,” said APS President Don Robinson. “Behind the scenes, this will be a working laboratory. We will study what’s possible with urban solar arrays and how we can power electric vehicles directly from the sun.”
The project will also feature educational exhibits showcasing elements of sustainable living such as renewable energy, energy efficiency, electric vehicles and recycling.
“This new structure represents Maricopa County’s ongoing commitment to green practices and sustainability through a unique public-private partnership dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for the citizens of the county and Chase Field,” said Andrew Kunasek, Chairman of the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors, which also serves as the Stadium District’s governing board.
HKS Inc. is the architect for the project. Renewable Energy Contractors, a division of Ironco, is the general contractor for construction.