Land Rover BAR and renewable energy investment partner, Low Carbon, today announce that the team’s roof top solar installation is now fully operational.
The solar panels installed at the home of Land Rover BAR have a capacity of 114kW and will contribute approximately 130,000kWh of clean energy per year towards the team’s energy needs – enough to power more than 40 homes, while saving over 60 tonnes of CO2.
The system uses 432 high capacity solar panels and more than 200 special system optimisers to ensure the system performs to peak capacity in all light conditions.
The partnership with Low Carbon is an example of how Land Rover BAR is leading the sporting world in sustainability, in its bid to bring the 35th America’s Cup home to Britain.
Roy Bedlow, chief executive and co-founder of Low Carbon comments, ‘With fully operational solar panels in place, the home of Land Rover BAR is a beacon of best practice for sustainable construction. By installing renewable energy technologies such as solar panels, other sporting organisations can help lead the charge in influencing sustainable behaviour and we hope to see more sports team and businesses make this impactful change.’
Dr Susie Tomson, Land Rover BAR’s sustainability manager stated, ‘We set out our sustainability principles from the start to deliver a team with a light environmental footprint and sustainable construction at its heart. Having Low Carbon as our renewable energy partner, as well as 11th Hour Racing as our sustainability partner, has been instrumental in us really raising the bar as to what can be achieved by a major sports team – it’s a really exciting partnership for the team, delivering real change on the ground.’
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About Land Rover BAR
Land Rover BAR was launched on June 10th 2014 in the presence of the Duchess of Cambridge. The team was conceived by four times Olympic gold medallist and 34th America’s Cup winner, Sir Ben Ainslie, with the long-term aim of challenging for Britain and bringing the America’s Cup back home to where it all began in 1851. Ben will develop and lead a British entry capable of winning the prestigious trophy, something Britain has so far never managed to achieve.
Land Rover BAR is a commercial sporting team, with a number of individual private investors alongside corporate partners. The team is made up of some of the best British and international sailors, designers, builders and racing support.
About Low Carbon
Low Carbon is a privately owned investment company committed to the development and operation of renewable energy power production. Low Carbon invests into both renewable energy developers and projects across a range of renewable energy technologies including solar, wind, anaerobic digestion and concentrated solar power. Low Carbon has a strong management team with a proven track record in the development, construction, financing and management of renewable energy assets. For UK solar alone, Low Carbon has funded and is operating more than 270MW. Low Carbon remains involved in the projects for the long term with a dedicated asset management team that currently manages assets on balance sheet and for third parties (unlisted and listed).