Petco Park, home field of Major League Baseball’s San Diego Padres, has not, historically, had the easiest relationship with the natural world. In 2009, a swarm of bees interrupted a game (which the Padres subsequently lost). In 2010, an earthquake interrupted a game (which the Padres subsequently lost). In 2011, rain repeatedly interrupted a game (which the Padres subsequently lost).
This year, the Padres took strides toward redeveloping their relationship with Mother Nature when they broke ground on what will be the largest solar power system in all of Major League Baseball – larger, in fact, than all the other MLB solar systems combined. Expected to be complete by Opening Day, the system will be built by San Diego locals, Sullivan Solar, and “will generate enough solar power to run the entire Padres’ front office.”
Sullivan Solar was founded by Andrew Sullivan, a native San Diegan who “could not be prouder that the Padres are joining the solar energy revolution.” The 336,520-watt system he and his company are building for the Padres will ultimately consist of 716 solar modules installed above the stadium’s upper deck. The solar power system is expected to pay for itself in energy savings within seven years.