Hanwha Q CELLS solar modules installed on stadium of professional English football club Doncaster Rovers
- Hanwha Q CELLS’ Q.PLUS-G4 solar modules have been installed on the roof of English football club Doncaster Rovers’ Keepmoat Stadium
- The 178.9 kWp array joins, on the roof of the stadium, an existing 50 kWp array that was installed in 2013, to create a total rooftop PV system of 228.9 kWp
- Oakapple Renewable Energy Ltd. installed the array as one of the UK’s first subsidy-free commercial PPAs
[Berlin, Germany, July 23, 2018] Hanwha Q CELLS GmbH (“Hanwha Q CELLS”), the German subsidiary of the world’s No.1 solar cell manufacturer (2017) Hanwha Q CELLS Co., Ltd. (NASDAQ: HQCL), 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 agreement.
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 clean up their energy supply.
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.”
About Hanwha Q CELLS
Hanwha Q CELLS Co., Ltd. (NASDAQ:HQCL) is one of the world´s largest and most recognized photovoltaic manufacturers for its high-performance, high-quality solar cells and modules. It is headquartered in Seoul, South Korea (Global Executive HQ) and Thalheim, Germany (Technology & Innovation HQ) with its diverse international manufacturing facilities in Malaysia and China. Hanwha Q CELLS offers the full spectrum of photovoltaic products, applications and solutions, from modules to kits to systems to large-scale solar power plants. Through its growing global business network spanning Europe, North America, Asia, South America, Africa and the Middle East, the company provides excellent services and long-term partnerships to its customers in the utility, commercial, governmental and residential markets. Hanwha Q CELLS is a flagship company of Hanwha Group, a FORTUNE Global 500 firm and a Top 10 business enterprise in South Korea. For more information, visit: http://www.hanwha-qcells.com.
About Oakapple Renewable Energy Ltd.
Part of the Oakapple group of companies, Oakapple Renewable Energy Ltd have their head office in Leeds, with further offices in Warwick and Glasgow, covering the whole of the UK they focus on Solar PV under Commercial contracts, recently acclaimed winners of the Yorkshire and Humber PV Installer of the year award at the Energy Efficiency Awards in Sheffield, they pride themselves on quality, for more information visit http://www.oakapple-energy.co.uk
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