Edinburgh Hibs Stadium proposal to install 300 solar panels on the roof of the East Stand

Edinburgh’s Hibernian Stadium could be fitted with 300 rooftop solar panels, if plans are canceled by the council.

The Easter Road stadium, which is the fifth largest football ground in Scotland, could see its East stand equipped with solar panels to produce renewable energy.

The planning statement presented to Edinburgh City Council outlines the proposed installation of solar panels mounted on the roof of the east-facing stand on Albion Place.

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The plan says that given the amount of unused space available on the roof of the building, it presents the perfect opportunity to take advantage of “significant energy demand” and that the installation of such panels would be “a significant benefit to the company”. “

It reads: “The design of the draft development specifications evolved through desk reviews, with the intent of the development being to generate carbon-free electricity through the use of solar irradiation as a source of energy. renewable energy on site, maximizing unused roof space.

“The development will require the standard infrastructure associated with an RMPV installation, including frames and anchors. Temporary scaffolding will be erected to enable the installation phase. Access to the site will be via the existing entry point on Hawkhill Avenue to the north of the East Stand for all construction and maintenance vehicles Construction of the development is estimated to take approximately 4 weeks with an operating period of 35 years.

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Exactly 312 panels would be installed on the roof of the East Stand, with the photovoltaic generator connected to the national grid.

It is understood that if the plans are approved, they will be installed when the stadium is not in use, with the estimated running time being four weeks.

The proposed changes are before the council after an intergovernmental panel on climate change said there were 11 years left to act if the rise in global temperatures were to be held to 1.5 degrees Celsius.

Edinburgh City Council is determined to take action on climate change and has therefore set ambitious targets for Edinburgh to become a Net-Zero city by 2030.

The plans continue: “With a noticeable draw on the distribution grid and the resulting energy bills, the company is looking to address this issue by embracing on-site renewable energy generation. The company is therefore proposing to install solar energy to compensate for grid-supplied electricity needs, while reducing the site’s carbon footprint. By installing a photovoltaic generator on site, in close proximity to the end user, the installation benefits from future energy security, protected against ever-increasing costs and price fluctuations.”