The Real Super Bowl Battle Has Already Been Won

The Seahawks and Broncos are about to duel -- but the real Super Bowl winner is already decided.

Feb 1, 2014 at 6:30AM

This Sunday, the Seattle Seahawks will face off against the Denver Broncos for the ultimate Super Bowl XLVIII showdown. But the real battle for this year's bowl has already been won, and it has nothing to do with touchdowns.

Sunday night lights
As more than 100 million viewers pop open their brewskies and reach for more potato chips, their eyes will be greeted by more than muscled quarterbacks and scantily clad cheerleaders. MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., boasts 1,350 solar photovoltaic panels pushing out a total generating capacity of 276 kilowatts.

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Source: NRG Energy.

According to system installer NRG Energy (NYSE:NRG), solar energy provides 25 times the amount of electricity needed to power the stadium's 916 external LED fixtures. The stadium itself requires significantly more electricity, so the panels push power to the rest of the building, as well. And in off-peak hours, the stadium can sell its extra electricity back to the smart grid.

MetLife Stadium isn't the only institution to set its sights on solar. Six sports complexes across the Northeast and West Coast pull power from solar panels, with Philadelphia's Lincoln Financial Field chalking up a full 3 MW of capacity.

Solar Stadiums


Super solar
Saving energy is smart for stadiums. But it also makes sense for the individual consumer. But don't take it from me. Just ask Justin Pugh of the New York Giants:

While NRG Energy has helped MetLife Stadium minimize its power costs, thousands of Americans are also saving on their power bills while watching the Super Bowl. In the third financial quarter of 2013, the U.S. installed more residential solar systems than ever before, as 186 MW of new capacity hit rooftops across the nation, while average solar panel system costs dropped another 4.2% to hit an all-time low of $3 per watt.

The Solar Energy Industry Association notes that residential solar is "highly attractive" in several states, notably California, Hawaii, and Arizona. Nationwide, 360,000 American households enjoy savings from solar power.

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Source: SunPower. 

SunPower (NASDAQ:SPWR) alone has installed more than 100,000 residential systems since 1985, and it doesn't look to be slowing down. With local dealers across most of the nation, installing a solar panel system with SunPower has never been easier. The company covers performance and product for 25 years, guaranteeing you Super Bowl savings for decades to come.

Founded in 2006, SolarCity (NASDAQ:SCTY) is a newer player to the game, but it's hustling for major action. The company keeps operations in-house, so its reach is limited to 14 states with 31 operation centers, but that hasn't stopped CEO Lyndon Reave from dreaming big. Reave expects SolarCity to install 1 million solar panel kits over the next five years -- and he just might make it, if current trends keep up.

Score with solar
Americans love the Super Bowl for a lot of reasons -- the barbecue, the beer, the commercials, the camaraderie -- oh, yeah, and the football. But now we've got one more super solar reason to love the Super Bowl.

The super winners of American energy
Every year, the Super Bowl decides which American football team is better than the rest. And the same thing happens with energy stocks, too. Our analysts ran their own Super Bowl stock analysis and found three energy companies set to soar during this transformation in the energy industry. To find out which three companies are spreading their wings, check out the special free report, "3 Stocks for the American Energy Bonanza." Don't miss out on this timely opportunity; click here to access your report -- it's absolutely free. 

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4 in 5 Americans Are Ignoring Buffett's Warning

Don't be one of them.

Jun 12, 2015 at 5:01PM

Admitting fear is difficult.

So you can imagine how shocked I was to find out Warren Buffett recently told a select number of investors about the cutting-edge technology that's keeping him awake at night.

This past May, The Motley Fool sent 8 of its best stock analysts to Omaha, Nebraska to attend the Berkshire Hathaway annual shareholder meeting. CEO Warren Buffett and Vice Chairman Charlie Munger fielded questions for nearly 6 hours.
The catch was: Attendees weren't allowed to record any of it. No audio. No video. 

Our team of analysts wrote down every single word Buffett and Munger uttered. Over 16,000 words. But only two words stood out to me as I read the detailed transcript of the event: "Real threat."

That's how Buffett responded when asked about this emerging market that is already expected to be worth more than $2 trillion in the U.S. alone. Google has already put some of its best engineers behind the technology powering this trend. 

The amazing thing is, while Buffett may be nervous, the rest of us can invest in this new industry BEFORE the old money realizes what hit them.

KPMG advises we're "on the cusp of revolutionary change" coming much "sooner than you think."

Even one legendary MIT professor had to recant his position that the technology was "beyond the capability of computer science." (He recently confessed to The Wall Street Journal that he's now a believer and amazed "how quickly this technology caught on.")

Yet according to one J.D. Power and Associates survey, only 1 in 5 Americans are even interested in this technology, much less ready to invest in it. Needless to say, you haven't missed your window of opportunity. 

Think about how many amazing technologies you've watched soar to new heights while you kick yourself thinking, "I knew about that technology before everyone was talking about it, but I just sat on my hands." 

Don't let that happen again. This time, it should be your family telling you, "I can't believe you knew about and invested in that technology so early on."

That's why I hope you take just a few minutes to access the exclusive research our team of analysts has put together on this industry and the one stock positioned to capitalize on this major shift.

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David Hanson owns shares of Berkshire Hathaway and American Express. The Motley Fool recommends and owns shares of Berkshire Hathaway, Google, and Coca-Cola.We Fools don't all hold the same opinions, but we all believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.

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