The solar array at the National Ice Centre in Nottingham has saved the facility £40,000 on its energy bills since its install one year ago.

The 250kW system was installed a year ago and has generated 224,000kWh of electricity, 10% more than predicted.

The building, which doubles up as the Capital FM Arena, also includes tow Olympic sized ice rinks.

“Having this system in place helps to ensure we can carry on making savings year-on-year, and allows us to be proud of our ‘Greener Arena’ status as an eco-friendly venue,” said Lee Chadburn, facilities manager, National Ice Centre and Capital FM Arena.

“The arena is one of Nottingham’s most recognisable landmarks so we are pleased and proud to showcase our work with such a prestigious client and venue,” said Mark Kershaw, project manager, EvoEnergy, which installed the array.

“One year on, it’s great to see the impact that solar is having for the venue and to know that each time the world’s biggest entertainment stars perform in Nottingham, it’s clean, green solar power that’s helping them do so,” added Kershaw.