This came over the transom yesterday from The Honda Center:
HONDA CENTER DEBUTS BLOOM ENERGY FUEL CELLS IN MAJOR ENVIRONMENTAL INITIATIVE
Bloom Energy, Honda Center and the Anaheim Ducks team up for a perfect power play
December 11, 2013 – Anaheim, Calif. – Anaheim Arena Management, LLC, the management company for Honda Center, held a celebratory event marking the completion of its Bloom Energy fuel cell project today. The fuel cell generates power through a clean and efficient electrochemical process, providing more than half of the power required by the sports and entertainment venue each year. Anaheim Mayor Tom Tait as well as the entire Anaheim City Council attended the event along with representatives from Honda Center, Bank of America, Bloom Energy, the Anaheim Ducks and the NHL.
“It’s truly exciting to work on a project with benefits that extend beyond those directly involved, and that make significant contributions to our environmental efforts,” said Tom Ricks, Chief Investment Officer for Anaheim Ducks owners Henry and Susan Samueli. “This new technology has incredible potential and we’re thrilled to have worked with city leadership, Bloom Energy and Bank of America to be among the first large-scale arenas to implement the system.”
“I applaud Anaheim Arena Management for their continued vision in putting the needs of their guests first and hosting premier events,” said Anaheim Mayor Tom Tait. “As a top-ten venue worldwide, Honda Center represents a progressive, service-oriented facility, and this fuel cell project provides a clean, reliable energy source that will continue that tradition.”
The Bloom Boxes will generate 80% of the venue’s base load power and 25% during a Ducks game or concert. On average, the project will allow the venue to offset 2 million pounds of CO2 annually. The project was financed through Bloom Energy’s leasing program with Bank of America. Honda Center is the second sports and entertainment arena in the country to install the Bloom Energy system, following SAP Center in San Jose, CA.
“This project is yet another example of businesses taking the lead in responsible energy management and sustainability,” said John Reuter, Vice President of Strategic Accounts, Bloom Energy. “At Bloom, we know that clean, reliable power is a winning strategy.”
In addition to these new environmental efforts, Honda Center also currently recycles all cardboard, glass, plastic, aluminum, paper, banners and lighting. The venue’s food and beverage operation also uses environmental thinking with regard to food preparation and purchases, using locally grown produce from sustainable farms and ranches, napkins made from recycled material, corn starch-based cups, carry trays made from recycled material and bulk mustard and ketchup dispensers to reduce waste.
About Bloom Energy
The company was founded in 2001 with a mission to make clean, reliable energy affordable for everyone in the world. Bloom Energy Servers are currently producing power for several Fortune 500 companies including Google, Walmart, AT&T, eBay, Staples, The Coca-Cola Company, as well as notable non-profit organizations such as Caltech and Kaiser Permanente. The company is headquartered in the United States at Sunnyvale, California. For more information, visit www.bloomenergy.com.
About Honda Center
Honda Center is the premier entertainment and sports venue in Southern California. Repeatedly ranked among the top arenas in the country, Honda Center is owned by the city of Anaheim and managed by Anaheim Arena Management. The NHL’s Anaheim Ducks have called the arena home since their inaugural season in 1993. In addition to Ducks games each year, Honda Center hosts sporting events such as Professional Boxing, UFC and the annual Big West Basketball Tournament, concerts by top performers including Van Halen, Lady Gaga and the Eagles, and family shows like Disney On Ice, Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus as well as the Harlem Globetrotters. In October of 2013 Honda Center completed The Grand Terrace a, 15,000-square-foot indoor and outdoor entertainment space featuring more than 100 feet of bar space, upscale décor and service of the highest degree. www.hondacenter.com