Recreational

Sports stadiums can score with solar

Sporting arenas, stadiums and clubrooms have intensive power demands, they also support facilities such as administrative offices, education areas, indoor training facilities and changing areas, gyms, treatment and recovery centres and pools.

On match days lighting, air-conditioning, lifts and escalators and video screens all require power. When not at capacity, sports facilities require power for operations, training and plus maintenance and services.

Professional and community club facilities have similar demand profiles albeit on a smaller scale. More and more local sports clubs are choosing to benefit their bottom line with solar as it helps redirect much needed funds into core business.

Gold Coast Aquatic Centre, Queensland

Solar on recreational facilities is becoming the norm in Australia and across the globe, as it represents an opportunity to reduce operating costs without impacting daily operations. From the MCG in Australia to Lusail Stadium, Qatar host of the 2022 World Cup Final, to Tokyo Olympic Stadium, Japan host of the 2020 Olympic Games.

Sporting facilities and clubs around the country are taking sustainability in sports stadiums seriously. Motivated to save cost, reduce energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions, solar is a natural fit and has been cleverly and unobtrusively integrated into the design fabric of many of our stadiums, sporting arenas and recreational facilities.

Solar is particularly attractive to recreational facilities for the following reasons.

  • Help to educate the public on the benefits of clean energy.
  • Sports stadiums are especially suited to solar PV due to abundant roof surfaces and the opportunity for solar shade structures in their expansive parking lots.
  • Solar offers significant energy and costs savings and helps protect against future increases in electricity costs.
  • Innovative finance models such as Power Purchase Agreement, Chattel Mortgage with no initial capital outlay to enjoy electricity at wholesale rates
  • Solar supports internal sustainability goals and reduced carbon footprint.
  • Solar is a low-risk strategy to reduced operating costs.
Ipswich Turf Club, Queensland
Gold Coast Aquatic Centre, Queensland