A David among many Goliaths

The 1. FC Heidenheim 1846 relies on soccer skills and solar power

The soccer stadium is a haven of great emotions. Here you can cheer or mourn together, be happy or annoyed. Fans are interested in what happens on the field. But the surrounding atmosphere is also important, especially for the players who thrive off it. Planning for the future, 1. FC Heidenheim 1846, a team in the German 2. Bundesliga and owners of the Heidenheim Voith Arena, decided years ago in favor of a comprehensive photovoltaic concept. Today, a 350 kWp solar PV plant is installed on the arena's roof and it generates 80 percent of the electricity consumed.

Like the stadium rooftop, the players of the 1. FC Heidenheim 1846 also produce power in their own way. The small club is tearing up the second Bundesliga. They played a great season. A few weeks ago, the 1. FC Heidenheim 1846 almost managed the sensation of the cup when they almost defeated the mighty FC Bayern in their home stadium.

With almost 15,000 covered spectator seats, the Heidenheim Voith Arena is one of the smaller second league stadiums. Just like the arena, the 1. FC Heidenheim 1846, with its 2,600 members, is a David among many Goliaths. But it is precisely in this role that the club managers and fans feel on top of the world. Since the 2014/15 season, the club has been playing in the second league and has been very successful. If they succeed in winning against a big player, which occurs often, they are happy in East Württemberg.

The PV concept for the Voith Arena is from the Walter Solar Group in Ellwangen, Germany. The company is not only a sponsor but also has close emotional ties. The Walter Solar Group installed the Voith Arena solar PV plant as an energy cooperative and is responsible for support, monitoring, and service. In 2014, the 1st FC Heidenheim 1846 was able to commission the original 250 kWp PV plant on the arena's main roof. A newer building addition was fitted with additional PV modules soon after. Today, the output is at 350 kWp. The cooperative thus achieves an electricity yield of around 270,000 kilowatt hours per year and saves 160 tons of CO2. The ability to cover 80 % of their own power need is remarkable.

To ensure that the solar power from the arena roof arrives where it should without any failures, the soccer club relies on Solar-Log™.

Facts about the 1st FC Heidenheim:
Year of foundation: 1846
Members: about 2,600
Sports history: Season 1998/99 to 2004 Verbandsliga Württemberg. 2004/05 to 2007/08 Oberliga Baden-Württemberg, 2008/09 Regional League South. 2009/10 to 2013/14 Third League. Since 2014/15 Second German National League.

Facts about the PV plant:
Installed capacity: 303 kWp
PV modules: 36 PV modules Canadian Solar
Energy management: 5 x Solar-Log 1000, 1 x Solar-Log 1200
Year of construction: 2014, enlargement 2016
Installation company: Walter konzept service GmbH