July 25, 2024
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Manchester City’s Training Facility Set to Become Football’s Leading Renewable Energy Producer

English football club Manchester City has unveiled plans to transform its training facility, the City Football Academy, into one of the leading producers of renewable energy in global football.

The Premier League champions are seeking approval from Manchester City Council for the installation of over 10,000 solar panels, capable of generating up to 4.39 MWh of renewable energy annually.

The initiative aims to completely offset the City Football Academy’s energy usage and also contribute power to the Etihad Stadium. This project is a crucial component of Manchester City’s ambition to achieve carbon neutrality by 2030.

The solar panels will be strategically placed across various facilities within the City Football Academy, including the Joie Stadium, the First Team and Academy Building, and pitch-side areas.

If approved, the installation will be completed by the end of 2024, managed by Clearvolt, a renewable energy developer based in Manchester.

This endeavor builds upon Manchester City’s longstanding commitment to sustainability, which includes sourcing 100% renewable electricity for the past eight years.

Pete Bradshaw, the Club’s Director of Sustainability, expressed excitement about the project, “It is with great excitement that we can reveal our plans to completely offset the power required to run the day-to-day operations of the City Football Academy, by becoming one of football’s largest producers of self-supplied, renewable energy.”

“Over many years, we have adopted increasingly sustainable practices across the Club, ranging from the removal of all single-use plastic on a matchday to reusing rainwater and recycling more than 70% of our waste.

“As we look ahead on our roadmap to being net carbon zero by 2030, we know that the production and consumption of renewable energy has an incredibly important role to play, which is why we are delighted at the prospect of installing over 10,800 solar panels at our home in Manchester.”

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