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Blackbaud goes Green
Charleston installs solar panels at stadium

Charleston Battery News Release - www.charlestonbattery.com

Thursday, February 7, 2008

CHARLESTON, SC -- The Charleston Battery has installed 60 solar panels at the club’s home, Blackbaud Stadium. The panels are located behind the goal at the north end of the stadium. There are 6 poles, each mounted with 10 solar panels generating 11kW of power through photovoltaic, the conversion of sunlight into electricity. The system will offset approximately 12 tons of carbon dioxide per year. The panels are part of a larger Charleston Battery & Blackbaud Stadium “Go Green” initiative.

“The array is one of the largest private solar panel installations in the region and we are excited to be producing and using green, clean, energy here at Blackbaud Stadium,” said Andrew Bell, Director of Soccer & Stadium Operations. “The panels are visible to every fan in our stadium and will also be seen clearly during our nationally televised games this coming summer. It’s a terrific way for us to reduce the stadium’s carbon footprint and utilize the team’s fan base to get the word out to a wider audience about global warming.”

The solar panels system was installed by Argand Energy Solutions, a leading designer and installer of solar electric (PV), wind energy, and solar hot water systems located in Columbia, SC. “The system has been designed to offset energy usage on-site during the day while the sun is out and to educate the public about sustainability and renewable energy,” said Erik Lensch, owner of Argand Energy Solutions. “There will be web-monitoring software to get real time data transmitted to the scoreboards and a kiosk with information about the solar generated energy system.”

The Charleston Battery is committed to reducing its carbon footprint as and has implemented a wide range of energy-saving and environmental initiatives at Blackbaud Stadium. The full array of changes is expected to be complete in time for the Charleston Battery’s “Go Green Night” on Friday, May 9 vs Miami FC Blues. The game is live On FOX Soccer Channel (8 PM).

Carolina Challenge Cup
Tickets for the 2008 edition of the Carolina Challenge Cup are on sale now; fans can purchase tickets for each doubleheader or for the six match series. Tickets for single doubleheaders (includes two games) are priced at $25 Club / Box & $15 bleacher. Series tickets (includes all six games) are also available for $50 Club / Box and $35 Bleacher. The tournament takes place at Blackbaud Stadium March 15, 19 & 22, and features Major League Soccer’s New York Red Bulls, Toronto FC, the San Jose Earthquakes and the USL1 Charleston Battery. This is the fifth consecutive year for the Carolina Challenge Cup.

2008 Season Tickets
The Charleston Battery will kick off its 16th season of pro soccer in March 2008; season ticket packages are on sale now starting at $120; to purchase tickets or for more information please call (843) 971-GOAL or visit www.charlestonbattery.com.

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