In October of 2009 construction began to install a photovoltaic power system that will supplies approximately 30 percent of Patriot Place’s power and spans seven building rooftops at the complex. Utilizing more than 2,600 photovoltaic solar panels, the system generates more than 12 million kilowatt hours of electricity over 20 years, and will prevent the release of more than 8,800 metric tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. That is the equivalent of removing more than 1,600 passenger vehicles from the road for a year. One of the goals of this project, beyond the continuation of Patriot Place sustainability initiatives is to inform and demonstrate to the general public that distributed renewable power systems are a viable and practical component of our energy future. In February 2010 the Association of Energy Engineers New England Chapter (AEE-NE) named the project the best renewable energy project in New England.
In conjunction with our renewable energy partner NRG Energy, we will expand our award-winning sustainability initiatives with the construction of solar canopies in March of 2012. These canopies will not only provide weather protection throughout the North Marketplace, but also, provide up to 60% of Patriot Place’s power and reduce carbon emissions by more than 800 metric tons every year. Additional solar panels added to the rooftops of our South Market Place retailers will bring the expected output of the new solar power system to 1.1 million kilowatt hours.
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8/3/10 – (Boston Herald) Patriot Place gets major solar power installation>>
Tom Brady isn't the only one powering the New England Patriots. Team owner Robert Kraft, his Kraft Group, and operators of their Patriot Place mall in Foxborough announced today they have completed installation of a 525-kilowatt solar system.
8/3/10 – (Boston Herald) Patriot Place powers up solar system>>
The Kraft Group today unveiled its new rooftop solar-energy system at the Patriot Place retail plaza next to Gillette Stadium in Foxboro.
8/2/10 – (getsolar.com) Patriot Place Puts in Final Solar Panel>>
The New England Patriots' uniforms may be blue, but their home just got a little bit greener. Kraft Group, which operates the Patriot Place mall next to Gillette Stadium, announced Monday the completion of its 525-kilowatt Foxborough, Massachusetts solar installation.
8/3/10 – (Sun Chronicle) Powered by the sun >>
Since opening in 2007, Patriot Place has sold eager consumers everything from seafood to sweat socks to scented candles. Now, the Foxboro shopping mall is pitching a new product: environmentalism.
8/3/10 – (Patriot Ledger) Patriot Place going green: One third of power at Patriot Place will come from the sun>>
Nearly one-third of the electricity that powers Patriot Place will be generated by an array of 2,556 solar panels mounted on top of the retail center’s buildings.8/2/10 – (Providence Journal) Foxboro complex to generate solar power>>
Patriot Place, the shopping, dining and entertainment complex adjacent to Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Mass., plans to announce Monday the installation of 2,556 solar panels on the top of seven buildings that will generate more than 625,000 kilowatt hours of electricity annually.
8/3/10 – (Boston Business Journal) Patriot Place follows the sun>>
Nearly one-third of the electricity that powers Foxborough's Patriot Place will be generated by an array of solar panels on top of the retail center’s buildings, the Patriot Ledger reports8/2/10 – (Business Week) Patriot Place gets major solar power installation>>
Tom Brady isn't the only one powering the New England Patriots. Team owner Robert Kraft, his Kraft Group and operators of their Patriot Place mall in Foxborough announced Monday they have completed installation of a 525-kilowatt solar system.