National Ice Centre
The National Ice Centre complex was the UK’s first twin ice pad facility comprising of two Olympic size ice rinks, one of which transforms into the Capital FM Arena, the biggest entertainment venue in the East Midlands. The National Ice Centre was officially opened in April 2000 and the venue was given the royal seal of approval during a visit by HM the Queen on July 31 2002.
In 2013, EvoEnergy completed what would be the first of two installations: a 249.6 kWp PV system comprising of 1040 Trina 240W panels on a curved Calzip roof structure, covering the Ice arena section of the roof.
We were able to accommodate schedules of work to fit around public events taking place at the arena. This was a bespoke project that involved a mixture of day and night work to accommodate the required schedule of works, liaising with external contractors and suppliers due to G59 units and witness testing carried out on site.
Connection shutdowns were carried without incident and the installation ran smoothly without disruption to the day to day running of the site. The project was completed on time, and was commissioned on 23 September 2013.
A year later, in September 2014, the National Ice Centre confirmed that the system has generated 224,000 kWh of electricity in the first year; 10% higher than predicted. This system performance has allowed then to cut almost £40,000 off their energy bills in just 12 months.
This adds up to an increased annual CO2 saving of 118,500 kg for the 10,000-capacity venue, which consumes more than 4,000,000 kWh each year.
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, added:
“The arena is one of Nottingham’s most recognisable landmarks so we knew that the pressure was on to get it looking perfect. 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.”
Due to the success of the installation, in 2015 the National Ice Centre contacted us for a 2nd installation to extend their current system by a further 112.75 kWp (451 x Sharp 250W panels) to 362.35 kWp. This was installed on the rooftop of the office buildings that sit inbetween the National Ice Centre and the Motorpoint Arena.