Athletes Train by the Power of the Sun

Athletes from around the world trained for Britain’s first global indoor athletics championships a new training facility powered by the largest solar roof in the UK.

Birmingham, England – March 26, 2003 [SolarAccess.com] The new Birmingham High Performance Center at the Birmingham Alexander Stadium is the main training venue during the Championships and boasts 1,760 solar PV panels. The solar roof, designed and installed by Solarcentury, will convert daylight directly into clean electricity and reflects England’s push toward increasing the use of Renewable Energy. “We are creating a world class venue using the newest and most innovative technology,” said Councillor Ian Ward, Cabinet Member for Leisure, Sport and Culture. “The inclusion of solar PV in the Center’s construction demonstrates our commitment to clean energy sources.” It is expected to generate approximately 80,000 kWh of clean electricity every year, estimated to provide all of the center’s electricity needs. The solar roof will also prevent around 35 tons of carbon dioxide emissions per year – that’s the same amount produced by driving around the world four times according to SolarCentury. “This wonderful installation is a talisman for the future,” said Jeremy Leggett, CEO of solarcentury. “It’s incredible to think that if all available UK roofs were solarized like this, we could generate far more electricity than the entire country currently uses, and do so much cheaper, much safer and much cleaner than we do at present.” Solarcentury also won recent government contracts for Renewable Energy projects through the UK Department of Trade and Industry (DTI). In ongoing efforts toward their renewables obligations the DTI awarded £2 million (US$3.1 million) of funding for 18 PV projects throughout the UK under the major demonstration program. Solarcentury won three of the five projects they submitted. The three projects awarded to solarcentury include a 100 kW canopy over a go-kart track at Mile End Park for the Environmental Trust, a 28.8 kW solar roof for a new school building in Denbigh, North Wales and a total of 16.22 kW for 20 properties on Potternewton Housing Estate, Leeds for The Riding’s Housing Association.
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