1,000 solar panels installed on the roof of the National Ice Centre and Capital FM Arena in Nottingham 12 months ago have reduced the building’s carbon footprint by 118 tonnes and cut almost £40k off energy bills in just one year.

The 250 kWp system, installed over six weeks last summer by Nottingham-based firm EvoEnergy, has generated 224,000 kWh of electricity since it’s completion at the end of September  last year – 10 per cent more than predicted.

This adds up to an annual CO2 saving of 118,500 kilos for the 10,000-capacity venue, which consumes more than 4 MWh each year. The panels earned over £22k in Feed-in Tariff payments and saved at least £14k off energy bills too.

Lee Chadburn, Facilities Manager at National Ice Centre and Capital FM Arena Nottingham, said: “The PV system we’ve installed has exceeded our expectations in terms of the electricity savings we’d originally calculated so we’re really happy with how it’s performing.

“Having this system in place helps to ensure we can carry on making savings year-on-year, and allows us to be proud of our ‘Greener Arena’ status as an eco-friendly venue.”

Mark Kershaw, Project Manager for EvoEnergy, said: “The arena is one of Nottingham’s most recognisable landmarks so we are pleased and proud to showcase our work with such a prestigious client and venue.

“One year on, it’s great to see the impact that solar is having for the venue and to know that each time the world’s biggest entertainment stars perform in Nottingham, it’s clean, green solar power that’s helping them do so.”