Vital Football

Latest Barnsley FC News

Solar Powered Barnsley

Solar Powered Barnsley

Barnsley Football Club is to become the first in the country to be powered by solar energy.

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 to 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 its 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 to save the club money and also to reduce our carbon footprint.

"The icing on the cake is that the work is being done by a Barnsley company and that will help the local economy. This just shows what a green place Barnsley is and even though we are the Reds we can go green."

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 panels on the south and east stands will generate about 0.5 megawatt of electricity.

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.

David Hawkins, of Solar Europa, said: "I just hope that by doing this we can inspire other football clubs and other businesses to take advantage of the roofs they have. It could be a warehouse or office block roof - it doesn`t matter - it all helps cut bills and cut carbon dioxide emissions."

Solar Europa, which manufactures its own solar panels, as well as installing them, receives business support from the Enterprising Barnsley programme.

Adrian Waite, who works for Barnsley Development Agency and Enterprising Barnsley, said: "Barnsley Development Agency provide business support to the football club and we introduced the benefits of solar power to the management team at Oakwell earlier this year.

"To their credit, Don and his staff realised the need to move fast on this opportunity, and a number of Barnsley based companies were invited to complete surveys. We are delighted that Solar Europa has been selected for this high profile project."

The Enterprising Barnsley programme offers business support to Barnsley businesses with growth potential. Enterprising Barnsley has attracted £2.89m investment from the European Regional Development Fund as part of Europe`s support for the region`s economic development through the Yorkshire and Humber ERDF Programme. Enterprising Barnsley also runs networking events and provides office space throughout the borough.

For more information on Solar Europa go to www.solareuropa.co.uk

Win FREE pizza with Vital Football!
Select your team and get 50% off if they score twice.
www.papajohns.co.uk/football



Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Writer:gooderzone
Date:Thursday March 31 2011
Time: 3:14PM

Best of Vital Network

Login to post a comment

Recent Barnsley Articles

3 Points For Barnsley To Play For (30/4/16)

Barnsley have only 3 points left to play for in this year's battle for League One promotion.

Stats: Barnsley v Colchester United

All the stats from Barnsley (2) vs (2) Colchester United, Oakwell, 30/4/16 Att: 12,021

Barnsley v Colchester - Team Sheets

Barnsley are at Oakwell with Colchester the visitors today, this is a 3pm kick-off - the line-ups have been confirmed.

Vital Pre-Match - Barnsley v Colchester

A draw with Sheffield United took Barnsley into the top six, ahead of Gillingham. Now in a play-off place this is something we can keep in our hands with Colchester visiting.

Archived Vital Barnsley Articles

Vital Barnsley articles from

Site Journalists

Write for Vital Barnsley
Write For Vital Barnsley
Apply Here

Current Poll (see more polls)

Colchester MotM
Suggested By: Site Staff
Davies1%
Scowen0%
Roberts33%
Mawson0%
G Williams0%
Isgrove0%
Brownhill0%
Hourihane0%
Hammill0%
Fletcher66%
Winnall0%
Sub - Chapman0%
Sub - Tuton0%
Sub - Toney0%

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
P Wigan 45 24 15 6 87 40
2 Burton 45 25 9 11 84 20
3 Millwall 45 23 9 13 78 23
4 Walsall 44 22 12 10 78 15
5 Bradford 45 22 11 12 77 13
6 Barnsley 45 21 8 16 71 13
7 Scunthorpe 45 20 11 14 71 11
8 Gillingham 45 19 12 14 69 16
9 Coventry 45 18 12 15 66 16
10 Sheff Utd 45 18 12 15 66 7
11 Rochdale 45 18 12 15 66 6
12 Port Vale 45 18 11 16 65 3
13 Peterborough 45 18 6 21 60 5
14 Southend 45 16 11 18 59 -5
15 Bury 45 15 12 18 57 -18
16 Swindon 45 15 11 19 56 -10
17 Oldham 45 12 18 15 54 -12
18 Chesterfield 45 15 8 22 53 -10
19 Shrewsbury 45 13 11 21 50 -18
20 Fleetwood 44 11 15 18 48 -4
21 Blackpool 45 12 10 23 46 -19
22 Doncaster 45 11 12 22 45 -16
R Colchester 45 9 13 23 40 -41
R Crewe 45 7 13 25 34 -35
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News

Recent Barnsley Results (view all)

Barnsley Fixtures (view all)

May 8 2016 12:30PM : Wigan Athletic (a)
Sky Bet League One