With the 2014 FIFA World Cup happening in just under six months, another Brazilian soccer stadium has received a solar face lift. Itaipava Arena Pernambuco, in the city of São Lourenço da Mata, near the metropolitan area of Recife, has finally completed adding a 1 MW solar roof top array.
Local utility Companhia a Electrica de Pernambuco, Odebrecht Energia and Group Neoenergia, were behind the new solar plant. It’s estimated Itaipava’s solar electricity will meet 30% of the stadium demand. The new stadium will have solar heating for toilets, kitchens and changing rooms.
Itaipava Arena will host three world group games next June: Italy vs. Costa Rica, Ivory Cost vs. Japan, and the big Group of Death clash between Germany and the USA.
Clube Náutico Capibaribe, who were relegated to Brazilian Serie B from Serie A, will become the stadium’s new tenants after the tournament.
Earlier this year, Estdio Mineirão, which hosted several games during the FIFA Confederations Cup, opened their solar rooftop power plant at a cost of $16.1 million. Plus Rio De Janeiro’s Estadio De Maracana added a 1,500 solar panel rooftop array.
As the Latin American giant plays guests to the world next summer, this is the perfect opportunity to show its potential as an emerging solar energy power.
For earlier Brazilian solar news, check out: 2,700 MW Of Solar PV Up For Grabs At Upcoming Brazilian Renewable Energy Auction
Source: PV Tech
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