In May of 2008, the Red Sox became the first team in Major League Baseball to install solar thermal panels at their ballpark. The twenty-eight solar thermal panels are located on the roof behind home plate, and help heat water used throughout the facility. The panels replace 37% of the gas traditionally used for the process, saving both energy and expense, and avoiding 18 tons of CO2 emissions annually.
The avoidance of eighteen tons of CO2 emissions is equivalent to:
- Removing four passenger vehicles from the road for a year
- Annual carbon sequestration of 15 acres of U.S. forests
- Avoiding emissions from the electric use of three single-family homes for a year