A US sports stadium is set to run on solar power after installation of over 4000 PV panels.

The solar project at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in the southern city of Atlanta, Georgia is expected to generate 1.6 MWh in its first year of operation.

According to utility Georgia Power, which installed the system, the PV panels are part of a larger energy efficiency drive on the part of the stadium. 

The project was developed in three phases, with PV panels installed on rooftops, in car parks and atop the stadium’s entry gates. Georgia Power said it worked with local installers to complete the project over 3.5 years.

The solar installations feature a variety of technologies including bifacial panels that can capture both sunlight from above and reflected light from below, clear-backed panels that are translucent, and a modular racking system developed through a partnership with Georgia Tech university.

The stadium will use the Renewable Energy Credits (REC) produced by the solar installations in the project’s pursuit of LEED Platinum certification, Georgia Power said.

“The renewable energy and solar program at Mercedes-Benz Stadium is a great example of our commitment to lead the sports industry in terms of sustainability and environmental responsibility,” said Scott Jenkins, the stadium’s general manager.

“Our goal is to collect enough renewable energy each year to power more than nine Atlanta Falcons home games and 13 Atlanta United home matches and with the solar programme we have in place we feel confident we’ll achieve this and more.”