Beddington Cricket Club in south London has installed an innovative new solar energy system that utilizes old Nissan electric vehicle batteries to help save on bills and operate more environmentally friendly.
Nissan Energy Solar has been installed at the 150-year-old club to enable a more sustainable method of operating by harvesting power from the sun and storing it in a number of second-life EV batteries for use at the venue.
The xSystem battery will not only allow the club to reduce its reliance on fossil fuels but also run more independently from the grid and also save on energy bills by using its own power, rather than use peak energy tariffs during gamedays.
“Nissan’s Intelligent Mobility (NIM) strategy puts it at the forefront of research into how batteries from electric vehicles can be used in ‘second-life’ applications,” said Kalyana Sivagnanam, managing director at Nissan Motor. “The installation at Beddington CC gives us the opportunity to bring cleaner energy management to a community and save the club money on their future energy bills. We are always looking to demonstrate the diverse ways in which our battery technology can benefit homes, communities and businesses and this latest installation breaks new boundaries.”
The clean energy initiative is similar to a larger storage unit already installed at the Johan Cruijff Arena in Amsterdam that uses 148 Nissan Leaf batteries to provide 3-megawatts of energy.
“We face a real challenge every year in finding new ways to generate and save money to cover vital running costs. So, we have been delighted this season to partner with Nissan and install the solar panels and xStorage system that will save thousands of pounds over the coming seasons, enabling us to reinvest in club facilities. This is the first step to taking a more sustainable approach to the future running of the club,” said Andrew Tibble, club president at Beddington CC.