Many buildings, homes, and other structures across the country have received LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification. In many cases, the facilities take advantage of a combination of solar panels and energy-management systems to ultimately achieve “net zero” energy use. Now, one stadium has announced it is using this type of technology.

The San Francisco 49ers recently announced it has completed the NRG Solar Terrace, as well as installation of the PV (photovoltaic) solar systems for three NRG Energy Bridges at Levi’s Stadium.

Serving as the main entry and exits to the stadium, these ‘bridges’ showcase the design of the renewable energy solutions from NRG Energy, www.nrg.com, Princeton, N.J., a provider of solar, renewable power, electric vehicle ecosystems, and other energy solutions, while additionally providing shade for fans on warm days.

The organization say with the installation of the technology, it is expected to generate enough energy annually to offset the power consumed at the stadium during 49ers regular season home games. The ultimate goal is to achieve a “net zero” energy use. The stadium will be powered with 375 kW (kilowatt) solar installation and comprised of more than 1,150 solar panels.

In addition to the solar panels and the smart-energy solutions put in place at Levi’s Stadium, NRG has also installed six electric vehicle charging stations in the Great America parking lot, which will be able to charge up to 12 vehicles.

As many corporate owner and contractors already know, energy efficiency is a big point in many building projects these days. With solar panels and energy-management systems put in place during construction, owners will ultimately benefit from less energy consumption in the long run.