Manchester City FC seeks approval for 11,000 solar panels

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CGI of the solar panels project (Image: Manchester City FC)

Manchester City FC is seeking planning approval to install 10,887 solar panels across its estate to generate up to 4.39MWh of renewable energy a year.

Three thousand of those panels will be located on the roof of the 7,000-capacity Joie Stadium, which is home to Manchester City Women. A further 3,942 will be located on the roofs of other facilities on site, including the first team and academy centres.

The club said that while the self-supplied energy will completely offset the City Football Academy’s annual usage, the power will be shared with the Etihad Stadium.

Subject to planning approval from Manchester City Council, the club expects the panels to be operational by the end of 2024. Manchester City said they will be installed and managed by Manchester-based renewable energy developer Clearvolt.

The club added the project is part of its plans to become carbon net zero by 2030.

Manchester City’s director of sustainability, Pete Bradshaw, said: “As we look ahead on our roadmap to being net carbon zero by 2030, we know that the production and consumption of renewable energy has an incredibly important role to play, which is why we are delighted at the prospect of installing over 10,800 solar panels at our home in Manchester.”

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