Imperial Wanderers is one of the first SA stadiums to go greenThe Social Media Company
Following a partnership with the SolarSaver Group and Imperial, the Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg has become one of the first South African sports venues to try and reduce its carbon footprint by installing solar technology.
The Imperial Wanderers Stadium is the home of the Central Gauteng Lions, which is also the custodian of all cricket activities in Johannesburg, the West rand, the Vaal and greater Sedibeng.
The solar installation, which now brings the total number of the stadium’s power sources to three – grid, generator and solar – promises to produce enough energy to run the stadium, even and especially on big international match days and other big non-cricket events. The solar panels have been installed in and around the stadium in a way that ties in with the sports venue’s overall aesthetic.
The latest eco-friendly improvements to the Imperial Wanderers Stadium adds to the existing world-class drainage system, which lets all water, including rainwater run into a central reservoir, where it is saved and reused instead of municipal water. The grounds themselves are maintained with borehole water.
Speaking about the latest eco-friendly improvements to Imperial Wanderers, Central Gauteng Lions CEO Jono Leaf-Wright said that plans to make the stadium more environmentally friendly have been in the works for a long time.
“The partnership forms part of the stadium’s long-term strategic intent to ‘go green’. This means helping to protect the environment and sustain its natural resources for current and future generations. As stadium management, it is imperative to utilise more environmentally and ecologically friendly practices to sustain future generations. Everything we can do as society to help our country and planet, we must,” said Leaf-Wright, adding, “It is our collective responsibility as sport and business to find innovative ways to protect our planet, and we are very proud of both the partnership with Imperial and the SolarSaver Group, and being the leading stadium in the country to explore this space.”