Owzat! Derbyshire Cricket Club announces solar partnership

Derbyshire County Cricket Club has joined forces with Custom Solar for a new partnership.

The Chesterfield-based renewable energy company will install 550 solar panels this month on the roofs of the Elite Performance Centre and the 3aaa Pavilion, as part the Club’s overall ground development project.

The club expects the new panels to help significantly reduce their energy costs and help drive long-term sustainability.

“Not only will the addition of solar panels help drastically reduce our energy bill costs, it will also modernise the ground and, as a Club in the heart of the community, reduce our carbon footprint as we drive to become an environmentally sustainable venue,” said Club Chief Executive, Simon Storey.

“We’re delighted to announce this ground-breaking partnership with Custom Solar. They are a local Derbyshire-based company who are specialists in solar technology and during the rigorous selection process, they demonstrated their expertise and experience in this area.”

Custom Solar Director, Matthew Brailsford said: “We are absolutely thrilled to be working alongside Derbyshire County Cricket Club. It provides an amazing opportunity to deploy solar into an environment that will be enjoyed and utilised by people of all ages for decades to come.

“The partnership, however, is not just about the installation of a solar system it shows the intentions of Custom Solar and Derbyshire to focus on the future and to provide a sustainable platform for future generations.”

Jamie Hailstone is a freelance journalist and author, specializing in local government and energy issues