Construction will begin in the spring of 2012, with an expected completion date of August 2012, prior to the first pre-season football game. In addition, NRG will provide all of the additional electricity for the 82,500-seat stadium starting in June 2012.
"This extraordinary installation on the biggest stadium in the NFL, home to two of America’s most iconic sports franchises, will create a unique solar imprint on the consciousness of sports fans across the greater New York region and nationwide," said David Crane, President and CEO of Princeton, N.J.-based NRG.
"We are pleased to be partners of the Giants and the Jets in demonstrating for millions to see the innovative ways that solar energy can be used to help power our nation."
According to the company, the solar power system, consisting of approximately 1,500 individual panels manufactured by Atlantis Energy Systems of Poughkeepsie, New York, will be able to generate nearly 25 times the amount of electricity needed to power the integrated LED lighting and display system. The panels will be assembled into 52 modules that will be raised to the top level of the stadium and bolted into a steel superstructure which will also provide shelter from rain and snow.