Solar-powered LED lights atop 30 poles will illuminate the parking lot when the Fredericksburg Nationals open their new $35 million stadium in Celebrate Virginia South.
Each pole will have a 300-watt solar panel and a metal cabinet containing two batteries that can store enough electricity to power the lights for up to five days if clouds obscure the sun. The batteries have a life expectancy of seven years, and can be recycled, according to stadium manager Peter Kirk.
“We’re hoping the technology will get better over time,” he told a group of about 20 people last Saturday morning.
The group included members of the Fredericksburg Clean & Green Commission, Fossil Free Fredericksburg, Rappahannock Climate Mobilization, Keep Virginia Beautiful and the Boy Scouts as well as students interested in technology and clean energy. They were there to learn what steps the Silber