NEW ORLEANS -- (Business Wire)
NRG Energy, Inc. (NYSE: NRG) today dedicated a solar photovoltaic
installation and opened the NRG Playground at the Dr. Martin Luther
King, Jr. Charter School for Science and Technology in New Orleans. The
installation, donated by NRG, will provide sun-powered energy and
education to enhance the experience for the students, and demonstrate
how solar is a viable energy option for a new generation of accessible
sustainable projects. The installation and playground were dedicated by
David Crane, NRG President and CEO; Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints
quarterback; and Dr. Doris Roche’-Hicks, CEO and Principal of the Dr.
Martin Luther King, Jr. Charter School for Science and Technology.
Artist rendering of the solar canopy at the NRG Playground at the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. School in New Orleans. (Photo: Business Wire)
As part of the event, NRG hosted a panel discussion on the future of
solar power featuring Jeffrey Sachs, Director of the Earth Institute at
Columbia University; Don Smolenski, President of the Philadelphia
Eagles; Matt Petersen, President and CEO of Global Green USA; and Laura
Spanjian, Director, Office of Sustainability for the City of Houston.
“The new solar installation at the Martin Luther King School
demonstrates the applicability and versatility of solar power in urban
environments,” said Crane. “In addition to reducing the energy costs of
the school, the solar panels will provide shade and shelter to students
and teachers while on the school grounds.”
To raise awareness of recent advancements in solar technology, NRG has
championed flagship solar power projects at several high-visibility
locations including: Arizona State University; FedEx Field, home of the
Washington Redskins; Patriots Place/Gillette Stadium, home of the New
England Patriots; Lincoln Financial Field, home of the Philadelphia
Eagles; MetLife Stadium, home of the New York Jets and New York Giants;
and the new Santa Clara Stadium, future home of the San Francisco 49ers.
The NRG solar installation at the school is comprised of 397 solar
panels, which will provide 112 kilowatts of power, enough to handle
one-third of the school’s peak electricity demand with renewable solar
energy. The installation also features playground upgrades and
educational components including fans, drinking fountains, a garden
irrigation system, prisms and inspirational sayings intended to improve
the overall student and teacher experience.
“More than just a source of energy, this playground will serve as a
source of inspiration, education and fun for years to come,” said Dr.
Hicks, the school principal.
NRG Energy partnered with several organizations to design and deliver
this project. It was designed and managed by Sunora Energy Solutions,
which also fabricated and pre-assembled the solar arrays with panels
donated by Trina Solar. DLR Design Group and Core Construction provided
engineering and construction support. Common Ground Relief provided the
gardens and wetland plantings and educational components. The entire
project was inspired by the ongoing work Global Green USA has been
leading in the lower Ninth Ward.
NRG is at the forefront of changing how people think about and use
energy. A Fortune 300 company, NRG is a pioneer in developing cleaner
and smarter energy choices for our customers: whether as one of the
largest solar power developers in the country, or by building the first
privately funded electric vehicle charging infrastructure or by giving
customers the latest smart energy solutions to better manage their
energy use. Our diverse power generating facilities can support more
than 20 million homes and our retail electricity providers – Reliant,
Green Mountain Energy Company and Energy Plus – serve more than two
More information is available at www.nrgenergy.com.
Stay connected. Follow NRG on Twitter @nrgenergy and connect with NRG on
Facebook. See what people are saying about the solar dedication by
searching #NRGNoLaSolar on Twitter, and get updates from the panel
discussion by searching #NRGForum.
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Jason Post, 917.331.3596 (Media)
Source: NRG Energy, Inc.
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