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06/14/2007 10:21 AM ET
Jacobs Field goes solar
Cleveland Indians and Green Energy Ohio bring solar power to Jacobs Field; Doty and Miller Architects to design and install 42 GE solar panels
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CLEVELAND -- The Cleveland Indians and Green Energy Ohio are proud to announce the installation of a new solar electric system at Jacobs Field - the first American League ballpark to go solar. The solar installation will provide 8.4 kilowatts of clean, renewable electricity and introduce solar energy concepts to millions in Northeast Ohio.

Green Energy Ohio will work in concert with Doty and Miller Architects to design and install 42 GE solar panels on a newly erected pavilion which will be located on the south-facing upper deck concourse of Jacobs Field, overlooking Carnegie Avenue and I-90.

The electricity produced from the solar installation is enough to power all of the 400 television sets throughout Jacobs Field.

"The Cleveland Indians are committed to exploring the opportunities to help preserve the environment through the use of advanced energy," said Jim Folk, Indians Vice President of Ballpark Operations. "Using the latest sustainable technologies is not only good for the community, but good for baseball. Working together with Green Energy Ohio, State of Ohio Department of Development, The Cleveland Foundation and Doty and Miller Architects has been a terrific experience in advancing our efforts."

Education is an important aspect of the solar installation at Jacobs Field. Working under a grant from The Cleveland Foundation, Green Energy Ohio is developing a kiosk incorporating data monitoring software to display the output of the solar electric system with a flash program on an LCD monitor at Jacobs Field. The information will also be viewable online. The basics of solar electricity, historical and real-time data, and greenhouse gases avoided will also be explained. A "Solar Day" at Jacobs Field is scheduled for Friday, June 29 in celebration of the project with the community. The Indians play host to the Tampa Bay Devil Rays at 7:05 p.m. that evening.

"We applaud the Cleveland Indians for taking the leadership role in embracing solar power," said Christina Panoska, Program Manager of Green Energy Ohio. "Educating the millions of fans who visit Jacobs Field about renewable energy will be critical to increase the adoption of these technologies."

Support for the solar project is made possible by State of Ohio Department of Development.

The solar installation will be on display during the National SOLAR 2007 conference scheduled at the Cleveland Convention Center from July 7-12. A "Downtown Cleveland Tour" scheduled Sunday, July 8 from 8 a.m.-Noon will include a visit to Jacobs Field. More information is available at www.GreenEnergyOhio.org/solar2007.

About Green Energy Ohio
Green Energy Ohio (GEO) is a non-profit organization that promotes economically and environmentally sustainable energy policies and practices in Ohio. GEO conducts public outreach on all forms of renewable energy, serves as the Ohio ASES Chapter and local host of the National SOLAR 2007 conference. To learn how renewable energy can work for you, visit www.GreenEnergyOhio.org

About Doty and Miller Architects
Doty and Miller Architects was established in 1977 and holds strong beliefs that providing sustainable design services for our clients holds the greats financial, environmental and social benefits to them, their clients and employees for now and the future.

About The Cleveland Foundation
Established in 1914, The Cleveland Foundation is the nation's third-largest community foundation with assets of $1.9 billion. The Foundation improves the lives of Greater Clevelanders by building community endowments, addressing needs through grantmaking, and providing leadership on vital issues. For more information The Cleveland Foundation, please visit www.clevelandfoundation.org.

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