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SPI backs new Sacramento Kings arena as first legacy partner

Chinese solar energy systems company SPI has agreed a deal with Sacramento Kings to become the NBA basketball franchise’s first legacy partner.

The 10-year relationship will run until 2025 and means SPI will serve as the official energy partner at the Kings’ new Entertainment and Sports Centre (ESC) when the team moves to the downtown Sacramento location next year.

It includes provision for sustainable solar systems on the roof of the ESC alongside the integration of signage, on-site marketing space, in-event promotion and video content on broadcast and in-event.

“From solar panels and electric vehicle charging stations to advanced lighting controls and low-flow plumbing fixtures, the Kings are dedicated to utilising innovative sustainability practices,” Sacramento Kings president Chris Granger said. “SPI is a global company with local ties, and we’re proud to work with like-minded partners that understand the importance of environmental stewardship. Leveraging Sacramento’s weather will increase the ESC’s energy independence and serve as a model throughout the region and sports industry.”

The partnership with Shanghai-based SPI, which has its US headquarters in Roseville, California, is the latest green initiative undertaken by Sacramento Kings as it prepares to move to its new arena.

Last May it announced a collaboration with the Green Sports Alliance non-profit organisation to help improve environmental performance at the venue, where 90 per cent of food and beverages will be locally sourced from within 150 miles and there is a commitment to pursuing LEED Gold certification – the prestigious green building certification process administered by the US Green Building Council (USGBC).