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European football stadium aims to become a zero-energy building.

FC Groningen football club, in association with the Energy Valley Top Club partnership (including BAM construction, Gasunie gas networks, Gasterra gas trading, RWE energy, Imtech building services and Groningen seaports) initially aims to make the Euroborg stadium a zero-energy building.

First actions have been energy demand measures such as energy efficient lighting and more efficient heating systems. The next step is the use of waste heat, geothermal heat pumps, and solar panels. One of the initiatives is 1miljoenwatt.nl, which allows people to buy a solar panel to be placed on the stadium roof. In total 1120 solar panels will be installed. The Energieborg 2020 project's final goal is to produce green energy for 200.000 people.

Energieborg 2020 and 1miljoenwatt.nl will lead to a zero-energy stadium and in addition green energy production for 200.000 people. The 1miljoenwatt.nl initiative specifically enables people who live in apartment buildings or flats (who don't have an own roof) to buy solar panels.A specific value delivered by the project is its potential influence on renewable energy development in the Netherlands, because of the strong positive image that can be delivered by FC Groningen in association with its partners, especially main sponsor Essent/RWE energy.

In addition to its economic value for FC Groningen (until now energy saving of € 70.000 per year), a main driver of the project is social engagement. The Euroborg stadium serves as a showcase for the technological knowledge and innovation in the field of renewable energy in the region. The zero-energy stadium should be an example for football supporters and other citizens.

The enthusiasm for buying solar panels on the Euroborg roof has disappointed until now, as not all of them have been sold yet. The economic crisis makes people not keen on investing. The project has already led to energy saving. The eneryg production plans will make a substantial contribution to the Netherlands 14% renewables target for 2020.
In addition, the Euroborg stadium is expected to become a role model for other buildings in becoming zero-energy. It is said that English football club Southampton FC has shown interest to follow a similar approach for their St. Mary's Stadium.

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until now energy saving of € 70.000 per year