Sustainability

Leyton Orient to make major stadium solar panel installation

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English League One football club Leyton Orient has committed to a major solar energy project at its Gaughan Group Stadium which could power the whole venue during the summer months.

The venture will be delivered by Ampergia under a four-year contract which names it the official sustainability partner of the London-based club.

This summer the club will work alongside Ampergia to install state-of-the-art solar panels at Gaughan Group Stadium. Orient states the solar panels are a “significant investment” but, once installed, believes they could save the club up to £1m (€1.17m/$1.28m) in energy bill costs over a 10-year period, along with vastly decreasing its carbon footprint.

Leyton Orient’s partnership account manager, Pa Lette, said: “The solar panels that will be installed at the stadium are best in class and the savings that we can make are fantastic, meaning that we can invest that saved money elsewhere within the football club.

“I hope that this can be the beginning of a long and fruitful partnership between ourselves and Ampergia. During the next four years we will be looking for more ways to make further positive change and reduce our reliance on fossil fuels.”

The solar panels will be installed on the roofs of the East Stand and Incite Consulting Community North Stand.

Sandip Sali, Ampergia’s managing director, added: “Leyton Orient will benefit immensely by adapting to this system, in terms of reducing their energy costs and carbon footprint. These savings can then be invested back into the club to help it achieve its vision, which is to be successful on the pitch and one of the first football clubs in the UK to be embracing cleaner technology.

“We are delighted to be working in partnership with them – they are taking the crucial first step in the right direction towards achieving a net-zero target and promoting sustainability. This partnership marks a significant move towards a greener future, showcasing our joint commitment to environmental responsibility and sustainable development.”