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Darmstadt 98 to introduce solar energy plant

Featured image credit: SV Darmstadt 98

German 2. Bundesliga football club SV Darmstadt 98 has teamed up with energy company ENTEGA to install a photovoltaic system on the roof of its Merck-Stadion am Böllenfalltor.

Darmstadt 98, which is currently top of the domestic second tier table, will avoid the production of 840 tonnes of CO2 per year through the project. Around 2,900 PV modules will be installed at the stadium, covering a total area of ​​5,678 square metres. 

The system has an output of approximately 1.2 MWp meaning that it could supply 450 households with green electricity every year. The plant is scheduled to commence operating this summer.

The facility will be built and operated by ENTEGA subsidiary, NATURpur, and leased to Darmstadt 98. ENTEGA has calculated that the club will be able to use around 46% of the output to power the stadium, with electricity not utilised by Darmstadt 98 being released for use by homes in the city.

“We take our responsibility for the environment and society seriously and by deciding to install a photovoltaic system we are sending a clear signal for conscious action,” said Michael Weilguny, managing director of Darmstadt 98.

“Sustainable club culture is anchored in our mission statement and (this project) is a further component of our sustainability strategy. In addition, in times of extremely dynamic energy prices, it also makes economic sense for the SV 98 to be able to produce some of the electricity we need ourselves.”

ENTEGA supervisory board chairman, Jochen Partsch, who is also Mayor of Darmstadt, added: “Darmstadt should be climate-neutral by 2035. The basis of our municipal action is to connect and involve as many actors as possible so that this goal is achieved. The cooperation between ENTEGA and SV Darmstadt 98 is a strong example of this.”