Boston, United States [RenewableEnergyWorld.com] The Boston Red Sox have unveiled solar hot water panels on the roof at Fenway Park. The energy generated by the panels will replace more than one third of the gas used for the process of heating water at the park. Fenway’s average daily water heating load is approximately 3.1 million BTU. The maximum daily solar panel thermal energy production will be approximately 1.1 million BTU, 37% of the current load.
The 28 solar panels were installed from May 7 through May 12 on the roof of the fifth floor media level and will be fully operational this week. This site faces almost directly south, with only a few hours of the winter solstice when the site is shadowed. This location is also a close proximity to the water heaters in the mechanical room on the roof and energy captured by the panels can be easily delivered to this equipment.
“The Red Sox have a duty and responsibility to help protect and preserve the environment and to help keep the Fenway neighborhood clean and green. The installation of solar thermal panels is the next step in our commitment to endeavor to make America’s Most Beloved Ballpark one of America’s greenest ballparks,” said Larry Lucchino, President and CEO of the Boston Red Sox.