ST. LOUIS — It will never replace Cardinal red, but Busch Stadium is getting “greener” every year. The St. Louis Cardinals recently partnered with the Electrical Connection and Sachs Electric to install the first-ever electric vehicle charging station at Busch Stadium. The charging station is located south of the stadium in parking lot “B.” Last year, the Cardinals, the Electrical Connection and Sachs worked together to bring solar energy to Busch Stadium for the first time. The Electrical Connection is a partnership of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local One and the St. Louis Chapter, National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA). Sachs is a Fenton, Mo.-based commercial electrical contractor.
“We made a commitment to green our game and reduce our energy costs, which we’ve been able to do by 20 percent since the stadium opened in 2006,” said Joe Abernathy, vice president, stadium operations. “Our partnership with the Electrical Connection and Sachs Electric has been valuable in advancing our sustainability commitment and educating the public about energy conservation.”
Two solar arrays are located on the roof of the ticket building on Clark Street and atop a canopy in the left centerfield bleachers at the Ford Family Plaza. The 106 solar panels produce approximately 32,000 kilowatt hours of solar energy per year. To raise awareness of solar energy, an educational kiosk providing information about the project and solar energy is located in Ford Family Plaza.
“No franchise is as intimately tied to a community as the St. Louis Cardinals,” said Jim Curran, executive vice president of the Electrical Connection. “So, we greatly appreciate its leadership in helping the Electrical Connection educate the public about our future energy needs.”
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“Charge her up, Fredbird! The St. Louis Cardinals partnered with the Electrical Connection and Sachs Electric to install the first-ever electric vehicle charging station at Busch Stadium.