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Barnsley FC to become solar powered - what do you think?

Wednesday March 30 2011

They've done it! Barnsley Football Club is to become the first in the country to become solar powered.

Work will start next month installing photovoltaic panels on the roofs of two stands and the external wall of the south stand at Oakwell - enough to provide energy for about 140 homes.

Electricity generated will be used within the ground, with any excess being fed back into the National Grid. It's estimated it will save the club about half their electricity bills a year - equivalent to tens of thousands of pounds.

General manager Don Rowing said: "With energy costs spiraling and likely to continue that way it makes business sense to use the large amount of roof surface available to us in order to save the club money and also to reduce our carbon footprint."

Dodworth-based Solar Europa Limited is due to start work on the project, which is costing more than £1m, on May 9, with completion due in June.

The cost of the installation will be met by the company, which will recoup any money made selling electricity back to the National Grid via the Feed In Tariff.

What do you think?

Details of the original application can be found by clicking here.

The assessment report can be downloaded by clicking here.


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Reply Posted by Nicky-WAB on Monday March 28 2011 at 11:44
Oooh it all sounds very interesting: the club could generate their own electricity and be less dependent on national grid – I don’t think they can be solely reliant on solar because you cant store the electricity you generate but it's still interesting!

Reply Posted by BFC on Monday March 28 2011 at 11:55
Can't click that link?

Reply Posted by Nicky-WAB on Monday March 28 2011 at 13:19
Hiya try the hyperlink above please. Thanks....

Reply Posted by Philiptaylor on Monday March 28 2011 at 15:21
realistic ,the way forward,already been done at a football ground in Germany ,but a first for this country.makes sense.why no new stadia have done it in this country suprises me.should be law any public or large building should invest in renewable energy. heat pumps or solar panels .there will be an energy shortage in this country and this is one way of contributing to the shortfall.
sell exccess energy to the national grid and make our club more self sustaining.

Reply Posted by Tyke on Monday March 28 2011 at 20:39
Will it be "sponsor a solar panel" with your name on ?

Reply Posted by a red on Wednesday March 30 2011 at 12:54
I can confirm that the company that are installing the panels are highly reputable and also local. Having seen figures for investments of this sort I can confirm the decision is a "no brainer" as they say and could generate as much as 20% of the clubs electricity. The "funding" available for such projects is almost too good to be true and why other clubs have not done the same is a mystery

Reply Posted by Amy Lewis on Thursday March 31 2011 at 10:27
I like it! Great idea and definately something good for Barnsley - at least we can brag about having the first solar powered footy club even if we cant always brag about our matches or players! Totally worth it and hopefully in the long run it will save season ticket holders money in the future!

Reply Posted by DIY Solar Panels For Home Use on Monday June 27 2011 at 07:05
This is a unique idea that are made by Barnsley football club
they can generate their own solar power. And this is a nice decision that they
where they use the funds of the club to have this solar power of their own
through this they come out with a better solutions.