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Solar structure going up on Chase Field

Chase Field Solar Array

Another improvement to Chase Field as the Arizona Diamondbacks prepare for a big season: an addition that will generate 75 kilowatts of solar power and also provide needed shade for fans as they enter and exit the ballpark.

A product of a partnership between the D-backs, Maricopa County Stadium District and APS, the structure will cover 17,280 square feet above the plaza area near the ballpark’s western entrances and ticket booths. Construction begins today and is expected to be complete by May.

It’s a big year for Chase Field: Besides hosting the All-Star Game, the stadium district and the Diamondbacks have overseen several other improvements to the ballpark, including a new scoreboard and a repainted roof.

“The solar structure will not only further distinguish the D-backs’ green initiatives among professional sports teams, but it will also provide needed shading near the ballpark to enhance our fan experience during the hot summer months,” said D-backs President and CEO Derrick Hall. “This innovative project will be on display when baseball fans from around the world visit downtown Phoenix in July to attend the All-Star Game at Chase Field.”

HKS is the architect for the project. Renewable Energy Contractors, a division of Ironco, is the general contractor for construction.

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Image courtesy of HKS.

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