Major League Baseball team the San Diego Padres has unveiled plans to install a new solar power system at Petco Park, its home ballpark.

The system is set to be the biggest of its kind in the league and will feature solar panels on the roof of Petco Park’s upper deck. It is hoped installation will be completed in time for the 2018 regular season.

The team has partnered with Sullivan Solar Power on the venture. The system will help power the Padres’ front office and is expected to save the team millions of dollars.

San Diego Mayor Kevin Falcouner said: “It’s the right thing to do for our environment and the right thing to do for our city. And once again the San Diego Padres lead the way.”

Falcouner added that the project is in line with San Diego’s plans to be exclusively powered by renewable energy by 2035.

Eric Greupner, chief operating officer of the Padres, added: “As those of us who are tasked with leading this organisation have said for years, we consider Petco Park to be a public asset. The things that are important to the people of San Diego and the city of San Diego are important to us. And energy-efficiency sustainability is among the top initiatives that are important to us, as a result.”

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