CHARD Cricket Club said they are “delighted” to unveil their new solar panel system, which has been installed on the back of the clubhouse.

The project allows Chard Cricket Club to use the green energy they now generate, reducing their carbon footprint and impact on the planet.

This is part of a long-term goal to make the club more sustainable.

Ben Osborne, the Clubs and League development officer of Somerset Cricket Foundation, also added solar panels could also help facing the “continuing rise in energy costs”.

The savings generated long-term will allow Chard Cricket Club to maintain and increase their various cricket programmes, which are available to the whole community.

This includes men’s, women’s, junior, and disability cricket offerings.

The solar installation project was completed with the support of Somerset Cricket Foundation via the ECB County Grants scheme.

The installation work was carried out by Evergreen Renewable Energy.

Ben Osborne, Clubs and League development officer of Somerset Cricket Foundation, said: “We are very pleased to be able to support the installation of solar panels at Chard Cricket Club via the ECB County Grants Scheme.

“The club identified that with the desire to become more sustainable and the continuing rise in energy costs, solar panels could help with both.

“The club run a number of different programmes providing cricket for the whole community and the savings will allow further support for these programmes."