The West Coast Eagles and Fremantle Dockers have this week flown from Perth to Melbourne; in order to compete in the AFL within a hub setting. As a result, we started thinking about solar and footy… and whether the two have ever come together.
This took us to Mineral Resources Park, most known for being the training ground and HQ of Western Australian AFL club West Coast Eagles. The ground, which underwent a massive solar installation back in August 2019, is located in Lathlain; about 10 minutes from Perth’s CBD and only 5 minutes from the club’s home ground, Optus Stadium. The stadium is also home to the Fremantle Dockers.
A Background on Mineral Resources Park
Mineral Resources Park, which is traditionally known as Lathlain Park, is the home ground to Perth Demons Football Club (a club that competes in the Western Australian Football League), as well as the Eagles’ AFLW side! Additionally, the ground first opened its doors as Lathlain Park in 1959; having since had three different names as a result of sponsorship deals:
- Eftel Oval
- Brownes Stadium
- Mineral Resources Park
Mineral Resources Park was redeveloped by the West Coast Eagles, in association with the Town of Victoria Park and the Perth Demons Football Club, before opening its doors to a new main building in 2019. Shortly after, the Eagles swooped (moved) in; following a Premiership-winning year… the third in club history! During an interview conducted by Infinite Energy, Eagles’ club legend Ross Glendinning commented on the new home of the club and its facilities.
We have a lease here for 99 years. It’s a facility built for today, but also for tomorrow. The playing group couldn’t believe [when they got here] the level of facilities they have.Ross Glendinning | Corporate Relations Manager and Former Player, West Coast Eagles
Why Did the West Coast Eagles Make the Switch to Solar?
The club, which boasts 3 AFL Premierships, has aligned its success on the pitch with success off the pitch, citing the environmental benefits of solar as being a key reason for the switch. The 291kW system installation powers the venue’s indoor halls, gyms and museum (to name a few things) during the day. The installation itself was overseen by Infinite Energy, who have been a partner of the club since 2014; the two sharing strong values relating to innovation, community and sustainability.
What is the System Made Up of?
So, let’s drill down into a few more specific details. The system, which we know is 291kW, is made up of a massive 670 SunPower E-Series Panels. Furthermore, these panels are made in the Philippines and are known as being one of the best makes of solar panel on the planet. Additionally, the panels are accompanied by 10 Fronius inverters, which are also some of the best quality inverters on the market.
So, check out some more photos of the installation below and don’t forget to find us on social media. Additionally, let us know who you support and if you’d like to see your club get involved in a similar project.