Solar panels power plans for leading Peterborough venue

Peterborough Arena aims to be energy self-sufficient.
Peterborough Arena aims to be energy self-sufficient.
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Action is to being taken to make the Peterborough Arena venue energy self sufficient.

Plans have just been drawn up to install scores of solar panels on top of the Peterborough Arena.

The proposals for the venture have just been submitted to Peterborough City Council for consideration.

The plans have been drawn up by the East of England Agricultural Society, which is keen to build on its green credentials.

Jeremy Staples, the chief executive of the East of England Agricultural Society, said: “As a charitable agricultural organisation, we are very conscious that our funds are spent on sound financial projects or projects that meet our charitable objectives.”

He added: “The plan to install solar panels, we feel, is a sound financial and environmentally friendly step in our continued efforts to ‘think green’.”

The project involves installing a 75 KW PV system on top of the Arena building.

It will involve the installation of about 75 solar panels.

Mr Staples said that only 90 per cent of the energy produced would be used for onsite consumption and that therefore the site should be almost self-sufficient.

He said the total cost of the installation of the solar panels is £109,000.

If the planning application is approved by the council, the society intends to seek tenders from companies keen to carry out the work.

Mr Staples said that any energy created by the panels and that was not used by the Arena would be fed into the national grid.

It means that power from the Arena could be used to help l ight and heat homes and businesses across the Peterborough area.

Peterborough Arena features 250 acres of outdoor space, seven indoor exhibition spaces, entertainment halls and free parking for 22,000 cars.