THE installation of more than 1000 solar panels has begun at Utilita Bowl in the venue's first major step in becoming the world's greenest cricket ground.

By installing over one thousand solar panels, the ground will be capable of generating around 25 percent of the electricity used in the stadium each year.

This solar PV array, which will generate 381,829kwh per year, will save the venue a six-figure sum each year in electricity costs.

Works will start on the Colin Ingleby-Mackenzie Stand, before moving around the venue across the Shane Warne Stand, Arthur Holt Pavilion & Hampshire Wellbeing Centre.