Doncaster Rovers FC had already had a dip into the solar market, by utilising the roof space for solar PV to give the site cheap green on site generated electricity with a 50 Kw array installed in 2013.
The club remained positive about solar but could not find a company that had the know how to find a fully funded solution that ticked all the boxes of the fairly complex legal ownership structure. That's where Oakapple Renewable Energy stepped in, our experienced team negotiated with all the parties involved, including the external funder, to get the best deal possible for the club to enable them to simply buy the energy under a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) at a discounted rate, in this case 25% cheaper than their regular grid supplied energy, even including bringing the existing self owned system into the PPA agreement.
The Club now have no ongoing maintenance to think about, pay for or administer, the system is fully insured by the PPA funder, and no concerns about any future business rates increases due to the solar system.
Oakapple Renewable Energy Ltd installed 178.41Kwp of PV comprising of Hanwha Qcells solar panels and Solis inverters.
Resulting in a generation of over 162,000 Kwh per year and 56,802KgKg of carbon emissions avoided.
Richard Poole, Finance Director - Club Doncaster commented:-
"We engaged with Oakapple after a few failed attempts in getting our second foray into solar across the line.
The Oakapple team came along and took the bull by the horns, bringing in new funders, sorting out the legal frameworks, and even managing to resolve some issues we had with the existing 50 kW system.
The delivery was seamless, they even shut down for connection at 10.30 in the evening to avoid any interruptions to site.
The team, from management through to installers, have been first class and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend Oakapple to other football clubs and businesses alike."