Fenway Gets Solar Hot Water
Boston’s Fenway Park formally unveiled
28 solar water-heating panels on May 19.
The panels, which will help heat water used
throughout the facility, are part of a series of
environmentally sustainable practices that
have been implemented at the park this
year. The Red Sox worked on this initiative
with National Grid, Bonneville Environmental Foundation and the Natural Resources
The Red Sox are the first team in Major
League Baseball to install a solar thermal
Fenway’s average daily water-heating
load is approximately 3.1 million BTU. The
maximum daily solar panel thermal energy
production will be approximately 1.1 million
BTU, or 37 percent of the current load.
BOS TON RED SOX
According to Bonneville Environmental
Foundation, the installation of the panels
will avoid 18 tons of carbon dioxide emissions each year. Offsetting 18 tons of
carbon dioxide is the environmental equivalent of planting 4.86 acres of trees, not driving a car for 43,611 miles or offsetting the
carbon dioxide produced through natural
gas use from approximately four average
The flat-plate panels are manufactured
by Heliodyne Inc. of Richmond, Calif., and
were installed by groSolar, of White River
Junction, Vt. The project was launched following a feasibility study by National Grid,
with consulting help from the Bonneville
Environmental Foundation and the Natural
Resources Defense Council.
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