Green grass, blue skies and the diamond. What’s better than spending an afternoon at the ballpark? The St. Paul Saints have taken an initiative to “Go Green” and their new ballpark in Lowertown will be among the greenest athletic facilities in the country.
Utilizing rainwater in the toilets and a state-of-the-art solar system to power the scoreboard are just two of the features that make the St. Paul’s new stadium among the greenest in the country. In addition to the plumbing system, rainwater will be captured and used to irrigate the field.
Why pay for electricity when you can use the sun? The ballpark’s new scoreboard will include 300 solar panels that will convert sunlight into electricity. “A $555,750 grant from Xcel Energy will cover most of the cost of one of the largest onsite solar panel arrays at a major sports stadium in the nation. The 300 panels are expected to power 12 percent of the ballpark.”
According to TwinCities.com, “The $300,000 rainwater system was funded by the Minnesota Clean Water Legacy Fund, the Met Council and the Capitol Region Watershed District. It is expected to save the ballpark $1,600 annually.”
So grab your baseball caps and your glove and head out to a game this summer knowing that Minnesota is contributing to a greener planet!
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