2024 Super Bowl goes sustainable thanks to desert solar

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Super Bowl 2024 is scoring major sustainability points, with Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas hosting the first ever Super Bowl powered entirely by renewable energy.

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According to CBS News, a solar farm in the Nevada desert is the source of the green energy used to power the February 11 game, in which the Kansas City Chiefs scored a stunning victory over the San Francisco 49ers.

The Las Vegas Raiders, which call Allegiant Stadium home, have entered into a 25-year agreement to buy power from the solar farm owned by NFL .

Allegiant Stadium also boasts green features including a roof made of a sustainable plastic material that allows in about 10% of daylight but blocks all solar heat, so it takes less energy to cool the building.

The grass field is moved outdoors on a rail system to get natural sunlight rather than using energy-intensive growing lights. In addition, waste ranging from grass clippings to food scraps and cigarette butts are composted or converted into other forms of energy.

The solar farm not only powers the current needs but also houses massive batteries to store renewable energy, ensuring a five-hour electricity supply even when the sun isn’t shining.

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The 2024 Super Bowl was attended by more than 61,000 people and viewed by over 123 million viewers in the United States, making it not only the most watched Super Bowl in history, but also the most popular TV program of all time in the US.

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