Arsenal invests in 3MW battery to support UK’s low carbon plans
Baringa Partners has advised Pivot Power on its project to install a battery storage system (BSS) at Emirates Stadium. The battery will store enough energy to run Emirates Stadium from kick-off to full time on match days. The 3MW/3.7MWh BSS, the first at a UK football club and one of the largest at any sports ground in the world, will bring immediate benefits to the club, cutting electricity bills and supporting a low-carbon grid.
Baringa Partners provided advice on the services agreement with Arsenal and worked with energy supplier Octopus and optimiser, Open Energi, to structure the market access arrangements for the project.
Pivot Power has installed a 2MW/2.5MWh lithium ion BSS in the basement of the stadium, with funds managed by Downing LLP. It will go live this November with a further 1MW/1.2MWh of storage to be added in summer 2019.
The BSS is the latest development in the club’s sustainability programme. Arsenal was the first Premier League club to switch to 100% green electricity, supplied by a network of solar farms and anaerobic digestion plants. Since signing the contract with Octopus Energy last year, the club has cut its carbon footprint by 7 million kilogrammes, equivalent to filling the Emirates Stadium more than 3.9 times.
Ryan Thomson, Partner at Baringa Partners, said: “Arsenal is working hard to make itself a more sustainable club and we’ve enjoyed helping it realise this goal. To have such a major global sporting brand thinking about the way it uses energy and putting its money behind battery storage is a real sign of how seriously organisations now take their energy consumption. We hope more football clubs, and other big brands with similar energy demands, will follow the example Arsenal is setting.”
Matt Allen, CEO of Pivot Power, said “Baringa provided a truly end-to-end offering; helping build confidence in the economic case the for the battery as well as helping structure a financeable but workable commercial model”.