ENERGY BILLS HIT FOR SIX
C RICKETERS have been hit for six by a solar scheme to massively reduce their electricity bills – saving more than a quarter of a million pounds over the next 25 years.
Founded in 1824 Denton Cricket Club has a proud history, but now the future is secured after they rented out the clubhouse roof space for a solar array.
The 117 panels have helped cut electricity costs from 14p per kilowatt hour to just 6p – amounting to thousands of pounds every year.
The largest savings for the 200-member Lancashire County League Club will be made after two decades as the deal with the investors who fitted the solar array for free will have run out.
John Foxall, secretary and treasurer at the club, that once had West Indian legend Malcolm Marshall as their pro, said: “We are the fifth oldest cricket club in the UK and we’ve a history going back 191 years.
“But though we’ve had a great past, we are always looking to the future. We have three senior teams playing in the Lancashire County League, five junior teams, one football team, two pool teams and two darts teams.
“Utility bills can close clubs and the overheads to run this place are enormous. The saving over the next 25 years helps secure the future of the club.”
Denton president Bob Hallows, 74, added: ‘These free fit solar arrays are fantastic for sports clubs, but also brilliant for ordinary businesses.
“It’s a win, win situation and you don’t get many of those in a cricket match let alone in life.”
Nick Blashill, a director of Green Energy Commercial which fitted the panels, said: “It’s not cricket the way the big energy companies keep pushing their prices up, but for club’s like Denton we’re able to secure a deal that has bowled them over.
“It’s a no brainer for sports clubs and for businesses – we can ensure they fix their electricity bill and the free fit systems can save them a fortune over the lifetime of the deal.”
●● Bob Hallows, president of Denton Cricket Club, and treasurer and secretary John Foxall, on the clubhouse roof, which has been fitted with solar panels – saving the club thousands of pounds a year