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Scarlets install largest solar array to cut down on bills.

PROFESSIONAL rugby region the Scarlets has turned to solar PV to help reduce its energy bills and carbon footprint by installing the largest solar array on a sporting facility in the UK.

The 250kWp (kilowatts at peak performance) array, designed and installed by Dragon Energy Solutions, is expected to generate around 239,000kWh of electricity every year. The Scarlets rugby region is expected to make significant savings on their energy costs and save as much as 2,300 tonnes of CO? over 20 years.

Jason Oakley, co-founder and director at Dragon Energy Solutions, said that installations such as the one at Parc y Scarlets would become more common. He said: "Solar PV installations like this are becoming increasingly popular as energy prices continue to apply significant pressure on UK businesses, particularly those with large energy costs and carbon footprints.

He added: "This was a challenging project that was delivered successfully throughout the recent storms without causing disruption to a professional sporting arena and facility which is in continuous active use. Working with a prestigious name like the Scarlets is another great win for the Dragon division which continues to go from strength to strength.

"For us as a local company, and lifelong supporters of the Scarlets, it's been hugely satisfying and a privilege in being awarded and delivering such a project and to become long-term sponsors and renewable energy partners of the Scarlets, it means a lot to us on a personal and business level."

Jon Daniels, general manager of the Scarlets, said; "We are incredibly proud to be working towards a cleaner, greener future here at the Parc and this is another big step towards achieving our goal of being energy efficient and doing our bit for the environment.

"The solar array will help reduce our use of grid-supplied energy but will also demonstrate the power and benefits of solar to other stadia and business premises around the country."

He added: "We are delighted with the project undertaken and completed by Dragon Energy Solutions in very testing conditions and timescales.

The work was carried out with no disruption in what is a very busy environment, the 1,000 solar modules installed is an impressive sight to behold."

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overlooking the solar array on the Delme Thomas Centre with Dragon Energy Solutions directors Jason Oakley, left, and James Davies
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Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Mar 12, 2014
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