The Arizona Republic (Ginger D. Richardson) reports: The Phoenix Suns plan to use solar panels for power at the US Airways Center, becoming one of only a handful of professional sports teams that get a portion of their energy from renewable sources like sun or wind. The new photovoltaic system will consist of more than 1,100 panels and be installed on the fifth level of the center’s parking garage at First and Madison streets in downtown Phoenix. At 194 kilowatts, it will produce enough energy to reduce the team’s power usage by the equivalent of 26 home games each season, Suns General Manager Steve Kerr said… The Suns’ installation will cost about $1.5 million, and the team estimates it will receive a yearly rebate of $60,000 to $85,000 from Arizona Public Service Co. via the utility’s renewable-energy incentive program.

InsideHoops.com editor says: I’ll always remember a little pocket FM radio I had when I was a kid, given to me by my dad, which had a solar powered rechargable battery. That thing was cool. And as for this story, stating the obvious, it sounds like every team should move in this direction.