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Thanks to funding from the Close Brothers Energy Finance team (Asset Finance & Leasing), Doncaster Rovers Football Club will be benefiting from cheaper electricity - to the tune of £1m - following the completion of one of the UK’s first subsidy-free commercial solar panel installs at the club’s Keepmoat Stadium.
Completed at the end of May, the install – adding to a 50kW FiT-supported array already in place – it took the total solar capacity to 228kW on the south facing side of the roof.
Offering 100% self-consumption, the new array is predicated on a power purchase agreement with the football club, which will now pay a unit price of £0.085 compared to the almost £0.11 it was paying previously.
This project is particularly significant because it demonstrates that there is a post feed-in tariff (FiT) future for the sector, with the Keepmoat Stadium install a ‘proof of concept’ that subsidy-free projects are already possible.