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Premier League champions Manchester City announce plans to install thousands of solar panels at training complex

Manchester City have announced plans to make their City Football Academy site 'one of the largest producers of renewable energy in world football'.

Last season's Treble winners City have a commitment to reach carbon net zero by 2030, and these proposals would see the installation of almost 11,000 solar panels at various spots around the campus.

More than 3,000 panels will be located on the roof of the 7,000-capacity Joie Stadium, which is home to Manchester City Women, while a further 3,942 will be located on the roofs of other facilities on site such as the First Team and Academy Building.  

An additional 3,830 panels will be installed on frames over footpaths and pitch-side areas of the City Football Academy.  

Subject to planning approval, the panels will be fully operational by the end of 2024.

Commenting on the announcement, the Club’s Director of Sustainability, Pete Bradshaw, said:

“It is with great excitement that we can reveal our plans to completely offset the power required to run the day-to-day operations of the City Football Academy, by becoming one of football’s largest producers of self-supplied, renewable energy.

“Over many years, we have adopted increasingly sustainable practices across the Club, ranging from the removal of all single-use plastic on a matchday to reusing rainwater and recycling more than 70% of our waste.

“As we look ahead on our roadmap to being net carbon zero by 2030, we know that the production and consumption of renewable energy has an incredibly important role to play, which is why we are delighted at the prospect of installing over 10,800 solar panels at our home in Manchester.”

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