FC Bayern Munich strikes for solar

Football players at FC Bayern Munich are now powered by solar – sort of. The German club’s training ground on Sabener StraBe (street) now has a solar energy system on […]

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By Vicky Ellis

Football players at FC Bayern Munich are now powered by solar – sort of.

The German club’s training ground on Sabener StraBe (street) now has a solar energy system on its rooftop which produces more than 31,000 kWh of electricity a year.

PV panels put in place by the club’s renewable partner Chinese firm Yingli Solar are expected to trim the club’s yearly CO2 emissions by 21,000 kg.

An electronic display in the Sabener StraBe Visitor’s Centre will show how much renewable energy the solar modules have generated and how much CO2 could be saved.

The Allianz Arena is to get 380,000 LED lights which can change colour, it was revealed in May 2014. Image: Philips
The Allianz Arena is to get 380,000 LED lights which can change colour, it was revealed in May 2014. Image: Philips

Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, Executive Board Chairman of “Die Rote” (The Reds) said: “At FC Bayern Munich, we not only live up to our social responsibility but also commit to a sustainable economy.”

The Allianz Arena is also set for an eye-catching, energy efficiency boost after the club announced plans for a light show with LED lightbulbs in May.

The 71,137 capacity stadium’s façade will change colour and pattern with 380,000 adjustable LED bulbs, which are 60% more energy efficient than conventional ones according to the lighting provider Philips.