West Ham’s London Stadium Invests in Solar Panels to Become More Sustainable

The east London club are making an effort to go green.

March 1st 2023

The London Stadium, the home of West Ham United, is set to have multi-million pound solar panels installed to generate its own energy.

The Irons’ ground – originally built for the London 2012 Olympics – is to be wrapped in a solar membrane to reduce carbon emissions.

The project is estimated to cost £4 million over the first two years but would pay for itself after five, with planning documents suggesting the installation work could start later this year with the building generating energy by the end of 2024.

A key driver for the project was to significantly reduce carbon emissions in line with the Mayor of London’s commitment to turn London into a zero carbon city by 2030.

Over the last few years, we’ve seen more clubs invest in green energy in a bid to play their part in making football a more sustainable and environmentally friendly game.

The Johann Cruyff Arena, where Dutch giants Ajax play, has 4,200 solar panels on its roof and has reduced the amount of waste produced at the stadium by around 150 tonnes, and even has seats made from sugarcane rather plastic.

Closer to home, Brentford FC installed solar panels during their 2020 renovation whilst Forest Green Rovers were recognised as the first Carbon Neutral Football Club in the world for their ongoing sustainability efforts back in 2019.

From implementing a vegan menu on match days, ditching diesel and going electric to removing pesticides and chemicals from pitch-care practices. Football is going green, and we’re here for it.