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Wednesday, February 01, 2012

Royals add new power to their lineup: solar power

Baseball isn’t heliostats…baseball is Sunny Jim Bottomley rounding second!

The Kansas City Royals baseball team is getting greener with the largest in-stadium solar array generating electricity in Major League Baseball.

The 160 solar panels, which have been installed and tested, are expected to produce 36,000 kilowatt hours of electricity per year, which is enough to power for four homes. That won’t be enough to meet all the stadium’s electricity needs but should provide most if not all of a crucial element of the game.

“Your beer is going to be cooled by the sun,” said Chuck Caisley, a spokesman for Kansas City Power & Light.

...The installation of the panels was completed Monday. They’re at the back of the ballpark and stretch around most of the outfield. They can be clearly seen from most seats although they blend in — blue solar panels in brushed aluminum frames. The panels are non-reflective and tilted to keep any reflections from interfering with play. That wsa a concern of Major League Baseball, which had to approve the stadium change.

The design also had to deal with obstacles unique to a ballpark. The array is in two sections, so none will be behind the scoreboard, which would have cast a shadow reducing their effectiveness.

Repoz Posted: February 01, 2012 at 05:49 AM | 24 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: February 01, 2012 at 07:09 AM (#4050961)
Since we all know that solar power is a liberal myth, the only important question here is whether or not this will raise Ray's taxes.
   2. danup Posted: February 01, 2012 at 07:31 AM (#4050965)
I'm glad Repoz has found something else people could hate each other about.
   3. Ben Broussard Ramjet Posted: February 01, 2012 at 07:43 AM (#4050969)
Good idea. No obvious downside if the article's correct.
   4. You Know Nothing JT Snow (YR) Posted: February 01, 2012 at 08:04 AM (#4050972)
The Colorado Rockies have just announced that their beers will be chilled by prayer.
   5. Swedish Chef Posted: February 01, 2012 at 08:07 AM (#4050974)
The Houston Astros have just announced that their beer will not be chilled at all.
   6. Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: February 01, 2012 at 08:18 AM (#4050980)
All-Sun team:

C: Jim Sundberg
1B: Sunny Jim Bottomley
2B: Nap Lajoie*
3B: Sunset Jimmy Burke
SS/Manager/Team Owner: Sol White
LF: Sun Daly
CF: Billy Sunday
RF: Sunny Jim Mallory

SP: Sunday Teddy Lyons
SP: Sunny Jim Dygert
SP: Sun-Woo Kim
SP: Sunny Jim Pastorius
SP: Sunny Jack Sutthoff
RP: Sundown Yowell

* - Scoff if you must, but "nap" is Hungarian for sun, Cleveland has a huge Hungarian population, and I needed a middle infielder.

(The Cleveland Indians have announced that their beer will be partially chilled, as inexpensively as possible, and they don't understand why people aren't lining up around the block to buy it.)
   7. DanG Posted: February 01, 2012 at 08:24 AM (#4050983)
Reminds me of the old Nile Valley chant:

WE have the one god.
HE is the sun god.
Ra! Ra! Ra!
   8. villageidiom Posted: February 01, 2012 at 08:27 AM (#4050985)
The Boston Red Sox have just announced that there is no more beer, damnit, and wish you would stop asking about it. The same goes for fried chicken.
   9. Hack Wilson Posted: February 01, 2012 at 08:28 AM (#4050986)
Of course if the traditional energy companies find their revenues decreased because of solar energy won't they find some way to block the sun's rays from reaching these arrays.(Was this an episode of "The Simpsons?)
   10. You Know Nothing JT Snow (YR) Posted: February 01, 2012 at 08:35 AM (#4050989)
Yes, that was the episode where Mr Burns went from regular villainy to cartoonish super-villainy.
   11. Misirlou doesn't live in the restaurant Posted: February 01, 2012 at 09:09 AM (#4051002)
All Son team:

C - Bob Boone or Jason Kendall
1B - Prince Fielder
2B - Roberto Alomar
SS - Cal Ripken Jr
3B - Buddy Bell
LF - Barry Bonds
CF - Ken Griffey Jr
RF - Moises Alou

SP - Todd Stottlemyre
SP - Steve Trout
SP - Darren Oliver
SP - Jamie Navarro
SP - Matt Keough
CL - Robb Nen

MGR - Terry Francona
GM - Lee MacPhail
Owner - Mike Veeck

Yeah, the pitching kinda sucks. But we do have Steve Trout.
   12. Edmundo got dem ol' Kozma blues again mama Posted: February 01, 2012 at 09:09 AM (#4051003)
NTRFC(DL) -- anyone named Ray could be on that team.

The team would hit a lot of flares, wouldn't they?

Surely Sun Ra would rise from the dead to do the National Anthem. That would be a hoot.
   13. Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: February 01, 2012 at 09:14 AM (#4051004)
NTRFC(DL) -- anyone named Ray could be on that team.
I thought about that. Or anyone who's ever played for the Tampa Bay Rays or Mesa Solar Sox.
The team would hit a lot of flares, wouldn't they?
I just hope they don't implode. They'd create a black hole and destroy the planet.
   14. Bourbon Samurai is disturbed by bagel developments Posted: February 01, 2012 at 09:55 AM (#4051034)
The Oakland A's have announced they will have really nice beer in Fremont.
   15. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: February 01, 2012 at 09:55 AM (#4051036)
All-Sun team:

You could also add P Ted Power just for this story.
   16. Dock Ellis Posted: February 01, 2012 at 10:14 AM (#4051062)
Brian Bannister could pitch on the All-Son team.

Ray Starr could also pitch on the All-Sun team.
   17. villageidiom Posted: February 01, 2012 at 10:18 AM (#4051067)
The Tampa Bay Rays have announced they are the only team in MLB whose beer will be kept cool by shielding it from the sun at all times.
   18. BDC Posted: February 01, 2012 at 10:38 AM (#4051082)
All these teams that want to be green and use solar power should just PLAY MORE DAY GAMES.
   19. zonk Posted: February 01, 2012 at 11:09 AM (#4051116)
The Chicago Cubs have announced that they will not be able to chill their beer, as all cooling apparatuses will be otherwise occupied keeping the front office supercomputers running.
   20. Jim Wisinski Posted: February 01, 2012 at 11:13 AM (#4051119)
The Rays have also announced that their beer is chilled to the perfect temperature but people still aren't drinking it.
   21. villageidiom Posted: February 01, 2012 at 11:21 AM (#4051129)
The Mets have announced they are selling "beer shares". Any beer acquired through the beer share program will be perfectly chilled, then given to the Wilpons. The beer share purchaser gets no beer, but instead will receive a photo of Mr. Met sitting in a pile of hops.
   22. You Know Nothing JT Snow (YR) Posted: February 01, 2012 at 12:35 PM (#4051229)
Commissioner Selig has announced that franchises which make the most profit selling beer will now be forced to send a large percentage of their revenues to teams generating the lowest beer-related revenues. In unrelated news, Comissioner Selig also announced that Jeffrey Loria has been awarded a new major league franchise based in Salt Lake City.
   23. Gonfalon Bubble Posted: February 01, 2012 at 01:16 PM (#4051284)
In honor of the sun, the Mariners' team ERA this season will be 93,000,000.00.

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