March 19, 2013 > 49ers partner with SunPower
49ers partner with SunPower
Submitted By Jeff Barbosa
Assemblyman Bob Wieckowski, whose 25th Assembly District includes the City of Santa Clara and SunPower Corp., praised the San Francisco 49ers' decision to partner with SunPower on the new Santa Clara Stadium.
The 49ers announced they named SunPower the official and exclusive solar technology partner for the stadium. SunPower will supply 400 kilowatts of its high efficiency solar panels that will generate electricity to offset the power consumed by the stadium during the 49ers home games.
"By partnering with SunPower, Jed York and the 49ers are again demonstrating their commitment to building a state-of-the art, energy-efficient stadium for Santa Clara and Silicon Valley," said Wieckowski, the former co-chair of the state Assembly's Select Committee on California's Clean Energy Economy. "Not only will this result in helping to power a National Football League stadium with solar energy but it is also another boost to our local economy. SunPower symbolizes the valley's innovative spirit and support for a sustainable future."
The stadium will seat about 68,500 fans and contain 165 luxury suites. In addition to being the future home of the 49ers, the stadium will host concerts, soccer, college football and other activities.
Since his election to the Assembly in 2010, Wieckowski has strongly supported an array of alternative energy programs throughout the state. He successfully pushed legislation to streamline the state's Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology program. The reform gets funding to companies more efficiently and quickly to put more clean vehicles on the road.
"California is the national leader in solar power jobs and this partnership will only enhance our state's primary role by teaming up on such a high-profile project," Wieckowski said.