NRG Energy Brings Innovative Solar Power Solutions to New Santa Clara Stadium

  NRG Energy Brings Innovative Solar Power Solutions to New Santa Clara

 -- New home of the San Francisco 49ers to be the first professional football
  stadium to open with LEED certification and the first professional sports
 venue to achieve net zero energy performance in California during 49ers home

Business Wire

SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- January 23, 2013

NRG Energy, (NYSE: NRG), the Santa Clara Stadium Authority and the San
Francisco 49ers today announced an agreement to bring sustainable energy to
the new Santa Clara Stadium. Through this unique partnership, NRG will help
the new facility become the first professional football stadium to open with
LEED certification, the recognized standard for measuring building

Artist rendering of the new Santa Clara Stadium with solar upgrades (Photo:
Business Wire)

Artist rendering of the new Santa Clara Stadium with solar upgrades (Photo:
Business Wire)

As one of the first Founding Partners for the new stadium, and the exclusive
sustainable energy provider of the 49ers, NRG will install a number of
state-of-the-art solar elements, including three solar array-covered bridges,
a solar canopy above the green roof on the suite tower portion of the stadium
and solar panels over the 49ers training center.

The arrays will have a total peak capacity of about 400kW and will provide
enough power over the course of a year to offset the power consumed at the
stadium during 49ers home games. As a result the stadium will be the first
professional sports venue in California to achieve net zero energy

“NRG is much more than a Founding Partner, they are providing the energy
leadership, infrastructure and expertise to help us achieve the vision of
making the new Santa Clara Stadium an economically and environmentally
sustainable showcase for innovation,” said Jed York, Chief Executive Officer,
San Francisco 49ers. “As we strive to build a stadium that embodies all that
is unique and special about both the Bay Area and Silicon Valley, this
partnership with NRG will make very lofty goals become realities.”

The new stadium in Santa Clara is the next generation of stadium design. One
of the most unique features of the facility is the green roof atop the suite
tower on the west side of the stadium. The three solar bridges, connecting the
main parking area to the stadium, will include hundreds of solar panels. In
keeping with NRG’s philosophy of creating iconic solar elements at NFL
stadiums, the solar bridges will be the first in the NFL.

"The 49ers are not only one of the leading and most successful franchises in
the history of the NFL, they have also been for decades community leaders in
the Bay Area and with the entire 49ers fan base. Today and going forward, we
are honored to support the 49ers as they extend their off-the-field community
leadership into the critically important arena of clean and sustainable
energy," said David Crane, President and CEO of NRG Energy. “And NRG is proud
to partner with the San Francisco 49ers and the Santa Clara Stadium Authority
in the pursuit of another milestone, the LEED certification of their new

In addition to the solar array, the stadium’s green initiatives include public
transit access, convenient bicycle parking, a walking path from the San Tomas
Creek Trail, water-conserving plumbing fixtures, recycled materials and a long
list of other sustainable design elements.

As the sustainable energy partner of the 49ers, NRG will continue to explore
other opportunities to help enhance the stadium’s sustainability efforts such
as installing electrical vehicle charging stations to the new stadium. NRG is
currently building the nation’s first comprehensive, privately funded electric
vehicle charging network.

NRG, the nation’s largest competitive power generator is a leader in providing
safe and reliable energy solutions in new and innovative ways to American
businesses and consumers. It is also the largest solar power company in the
United States with more than 900 megawatts of solar generation in operation or
under construction.

About the new Santa Clara Stadium

The Santa Clara stadium will not only be the new home to the San Francisco
49ers, but it will also serve as one of the world’s best outdoor sports and
entertainment venues. It was designed by HNTB and is being built by
Turner/Devcon. The $1.2 billion venue will have 1.85 million square feet, seat
approximately 68,500 and will feature an expected 165 luxury suites and 9,000
club seats. It was designed to be a multi-purpose facility with the
flexibility to host a wide range of events, including domestic and
international soccer, college football, motocross, concerts and various civic
events, and will be expandable for major events such as the Super Bowl. For
more information, go to

About NRG

NRG is at the forefront of changing how people think about and use energy. We
deliver cleaner and smarter energy choices for our customers, backed by the
nation’s largest independent power generation portfolio of fossil fuel,
nuclear, solar and wind facilities. A Fortune 300 company, NRG is challenging
the U.S. energy industry by becoming the largest developer of solar power,
building the first privately-funded electric vehicle charging infrastructure,
and providing customers with the most advanced smart energy solutions to
better manage their energy use. In addition to 47,000 megawatts of generation
capacity, enough to supply nearly 40 million homes, our retail electricity
providers – Reliant,Green Mountain Energyand Energy Plus – serve more than
two million customers. More information is available
Connect withNRG EnergyonFacebookand follow us on Twitter @nrgenergy.

About the San Francisco 49ers

The San Francisco 49ers, owned by Denise and John York, currently play in the
NFC West division and won each Super Bowl contest it entered, earning five
Super Bowl trophies including Super Bowl XVI, XIX, XXIII, XXIV and XXIX. The
franchise also has six conference championships and 19 divisional
championships and was the first major league professional sports franchise to
be based in San Francisco over 60 years ago. Please visit and
follow the 49ers on Facebook and Twitter @49ers.

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NRG Media:
Patricia Hammond,  713-537-2157
49ers Media:
Talia Malik,  408-986-4891
Bob Lange, 408-562-4987
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