Hanwha Q CELLS Modules Installed On Stadium Of English Football Club
Hanwha Q CELLS GmbH has supplied 628 Q.PLUS-G4.3 solar
modules of its renowned Q CELLS brand to a 178.9 kWp rooftop array at the
stadium of English football league club Doncaster Rovers.
The Keepmoat Stadium, in the northern English city of
Doncaster, is the home of the Doncaster Rovers football team, which currently
plays in League One in the English football pyramid. The stadium became the
first professional football ground to adopt solar in the U.K., when a 50 kWp
solar array was installed in 2013.
Ever since, Doncaster Rovers has enjoyed annual electricity
bill savings of more than £3,000 per year and feed-in tariff (FIT) payments of
more than £6,000 per year. Encouraged by its solar journey, the club decided
this year to increase the capacity of the solar system on the stadium roof with
solar panels – and Hanwha Q CELLS’ high-efficiency Q.PLUS-G4.3 modules were
chosen for the purpose.
Football fever, solar solutions
The extension of Doncaster Rovers’ solar footprint has been
facilitated by an intelligent power purchase agreement (PPA) set up by Oakapple
Renewable Energy, which installed the 178.4 kWp system at the 15,000-capacity
stadium. This PPA is one of the first subsidy-free PPAs in the U.K., and it
enables Doncaster Rovers to directly purchase the solar energy produced at
rates 25% below grid-supplied energy prices. The PPA has also been expanded to
include the older 50 kWp array – owned by the football club – into the terms of
The solar modules, fitted on to the south-facing rooftop at
the Keepmoat Stadium, will allow the football club to pay just £0.085 per unit
of electricity under the new PPA, compared to a previous price of £0.110 per
unit. Over the course of the installation’s lifetime, this could lead to
savings of nearly £1 million – or in other words, enough to pay Cristiano
Ronaldo’s Juventus FC wages for two weeks.
Solar power and football are becoming increasingly close
teammates throughout the world. Hanwha Q CELLS is a sponsor of RB Leipzig,
rising star in the German Bundesliga and located a few kilometers away from the
Hanwha Q CELLS GmbH headquarters in Thalheim, while a growing number of other
professional clubs globally have awoken to the idea of using solar PV to power
their stadiums, lower their overheads and
cleanup their energy
Sean Collier, Head of U.K. Sales, Hanwha Q CELLS, said,
“It’s already been a glorious summer of football for England, and it is
exciting to see forward-thinking clubs such as Doncaster Rovers embracing solar
power in such a positive way. The reliability, high efficiency and high power
output of the Hanwha Q CELLS Q.PLUS-G4.3 solar modules will ensure that the
club can continue to enjoy affordable and clean electricity bills for many
years to come."
Collier continued, “With the U.K. FIT for new installations
set to close in March 2019, it is vital that flagship projects such as this one
lead the way in transitioning the U.K. solar market to a post-FIT, sustainable
and profitable PV landscape."
David Cockayne, Managing Director of Oakapple Renewable
Energy Ltd., added, “Doncaster Rovers now has no ongoing maintenance to worry
about, pay for or administer. The solar system is fully insured by the PPA
funder, and there will also be no concerns about any future business rate
increases. This security and peace of mind is vital and allows the football
club to fully focus on its dreams of on-field success."