Yingli Green Energy announced recently that it is providing 1 megawatt (MW) of solar panels to Grupo Neoenergia for the next phase of a solar power plant at Itaipava Arena Pernambuco, a venue for the upcoming 2014 FIFA World Cup.
The Chinese manufacturer is giving 3,650 monocrystalline PANDA Series panels for a fix-tilted ground-mounted system on 15,000 square meters of land near the stadium. This will help accommodate 30% of the stadium’s energy demand and create about 1,500 MWh yearly of clean electricity. Last December, the first phase of the project was completed when rooftop panels were added.
Fans can track the plant’s performance through the visitor center, which will have advanced solar generation and weather monitoring systems. When the stadium is not being used for soccer, excess solar energy will be put back on the electricity grid.
Officials praised the announcement, another step in advancing long-term Brazilian sustainability goals.
“Large-scale solar projects like this one are contributing to our mission of reducing the negative and increasing the positive impact of the World Cup on society and the environment,” said FIFA President Sepp Blatter.
“This landmark project has strengthened our relationship with Grupo Neoenergia, a pioneer in Brazil’s growing solar energy market,” noted Robert Petrina, Yingli Green Energy Americas Managing Director.
“We hope that by completing high-profile projects like Arena Pernambuco, we can continue driving demand for solar energy across Latin America,” he said.
Located in the Recife suburb of São Lourenço da Mata, Itaipava Arena Pernambuco will host three group games: Italy vs. Costa Rica, Ivory Cost vs. Japan, Germany vs. the USA, and a Round of 16 match. Last summer, it hosted three FIFA Confederations Cup games, which acted as a sort of test event for this year’s soccer spectacle.
After the World Cup, Brazilian Serie B club Clube Náutico Capibaribe will become the stadium’s new tenants.
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