NRG Energy Installs 49th Solar Frame to Complete Levi’s® Stadium Suite Tower Roof

  NRG Energy Installs 49th Solar Frame to Complete Levi’s® Stadium Suite Tower

  Solar installation will help 49ers meet net zero energy performance during
                                  home games

Business Wire

SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- October 24, 2013

NRG Energy, Inc. (NYSE: NRG) and the San Francisco 49ers today announced a
construction milestone – the completion of phase one of the solar installation
at Levi’s^® Stadium, the future home of the 49ers. This significant step will
help Levi’s^® Stadium to become the first stadium that is home to an NFL team
to have sustainability and LEED certification standards incorporated into its
design and architecture.

NRG Energy lifts the 49th solar frame into place, completing phase one of the
solar installation at ...

NRG Energy lifts the 49th solar frame into place, completing phase one of the
solar installation at Levi's(R) Stadium, the future home of the San Francisco
49ers. (Photo: Business Wire)

The 49 solar frames installed are part of the stadium’s NRG Solar Terrace on
the West side of the venue. The solar frames cover 9,574-square-feet of the
suite roof with a total of 544 SunPower E20 Series solar panels, with an
efficiency of 20 percent. Once completed, Levi’s^® Stadium will also include
three solar panel covered NRG Energy Bridges, which will serve as the main
entry and exit to the stadium, demonstrating NRG’s customizable and iconic
solar installations.

“The vision for Levi’s^® Stadium has always been to create a venue that is an
economically and environmentally sustainable showcase for innovation,” said
San Francisco 49ers President Gideon Yu. “With phase one of the solar
installation now complete, we are one step closer to making that vision a
reality. As we continue to implement sustainable and environmentally conscious
features throughout Levi’s^® Stadium, we will remain focused on pursuing
creative avenues to make our region stronger in a variety of ways.”

In total, the solar arrays at Levi’s^® Stadium should have a combined peak
capacity of about 375 kW. The amount of solar energy generated annually is
expected to be enough to offset the power consumed at the stadium during 49ers
regular season home games.

“As its many championships demonstrate, the 49ers 'lean in' on what is
important to their organization and their fan base. We are very pleased that
their clean energy objectives for the new stadium demonstrate their
far-reaching commitment to sustainability. NRG is honored to be the 49ers
partner and proud to help establish Levi’s^® Stadium as the new paradigm in
green stadium design,” said David Crane, President and CEO of NRG. “It’s an
exciting time to see the project progressing with the installation of these 49
frames and we look forward to the stadium’s inaugural season, both for
football and the wider adoption of clean power.”

NRG is producing clean, renewable solar-powered electricity on a commercial
and utility scale through a diverse portfolio of solar projects across the
U.S. and has more than 2,000 MW of photovoltaic and solar thermal projects in
operation, under construction or in development across the United States. As
the sustainable energy partner of the 49ers, NRG will continue to explore
other opportunities to help enhance the stadium’s sustainability efforts.

Levi’s^® Stadium is one of five NRG projects at venues that play home to NFL
teams. Other NFL venues, including FedExField, Lincoln Financial Field,
MetLife Stadium and Patriot Place have partnered with NRG to showcase
renewable energy to their fans. NRG and these NFL teams have similar
strategies: invest in a solid combination of proven strengths, flexibility and
promising potential to form a balanced approach toward one sustainable goal.

About Levi’s^® Stadium

Levi’s^® 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 for the
Santa Clara Stadium Authority. 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 8,500 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

About the San Francisco 49ers

The San Francisco 49ers, owned by Denise and John York, currently play in the
NFC West division and won 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 team to be based in San Francisco over 60 years ago. Please visit and follow the 49ers on Facebook and Twitter @49ers.

About NRG

NRG is leading a customer-driven change in the U.S. energy industry by
delivering cleaner and smarter energy choices, while building on the strength
of the nation’s largest and most diverse competitive power portfolio. A
Fortune 500 company, we create value through reliable and efficient
conventional generation while driving innovation in solar and renewable power,
electric vehicle ecosystems, carbon capture technology and customer-centric
energy solutions. Our retail electricity providers – Reliant, Green Mountain
Energy and NRG Residential Solutions – serve more than 2 million residential
and commercial customers throughout the country. More information is available
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Twitter @nrgenergy.

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