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Case Study

Plymouth Argyle Solar PV

Plymouth Argyle

The Client

Otherwise known as ‘The Pilgrims’ and ‘The Green Army’ on the terraces, Plymouth Argyle Football Club holds a position of great affection and loyalty in its local community. Founded in 1886 as Argyle Football Club, the club’s first match took place on 16 October 1886. Disbanded 1894 and resurrected in 1897 as one part of a general sports club, it became known known as Argyle Athletic Club. In 1903, the club joined the Southern League, becoming professional in the process. The Southern League was effectively the English 3rd tier and Plymouth Argyle won the League championship in 1912-13. In 1920-21 the club entered the Football League.

The team currently competes in League Two.

Since 1901, they have played at Home Park, known as the ‘Theatre of Greens’. Argyle is one of two Devon clubs who compete in the Football League.

The Challenge

IU Energy is Plymouth Argyle’s official energy partner; a valued relationship which has been in place
since 2008. In practice, this means arranging the club’s fixed-term green energy contracts at the best
market rates. We’ve been given this task for so many years because in their words, we deliver, ‘a mutually supportive arrangement, which enables them (IU Energy) to improve our energy performance…’.

In 2019, Plymouth Argyle management further entrusted us to design, supply and install a 58.85kW Solar PV system onto the roof area of the new multi-millon pound Grandstand at Home Park. That’s a significant amount of self-generated green energy and a welcome contribution to the City’s 2030 net zero-carbon goal.

Uniquely for this major project, IU Energy suggested that the Plymouth Argyle Solar PV array mounting should spell the letters ‘PAFC’ – readily agreed to by the club. With a deadline of November 2019, close liaison with the
building contractors was critical to ensure seamless timing and synchronisation.

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