Stadiums in Brazil Go Solar For 2014 FIFA World Cup

The host Brazil hopes to use this international football event to not only show off Brazil as an emerging global power, but also increase awareness of solar power's potential to be a useful, sustainable energy source. As the Latin American giant play

FIFA World Cup sponsor Yingli Solar has taken a significant step in the drive to make the 2014 FIFA World Cup the most environmentally friendly of all time. This has been made possible through Yingli's partnership with Light ESCO, EDF Consultoria em Projetos de Geracao de Energia Elwtrica ('EDF'), and the State of Rio de Janeiro.

With the 2014 FIFA World Cup happening in just less than 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. 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.

Earlier this year, Estádio Governador Magalhães Pinto, which hosted several games during the FIFA Confederations Cup, opened their solar rooftop power plant at a cost of US$16.1 million. In 2012, Yingli Solar Light ESCO began work, in conjunction with the state of Rio de Janeiro, on installing 1,500 solar panels across the roof of the legendary Maracana stadium. Originally built for the 1950 FIFA World Cup Brazil, the Maracana (also known as Estadio Jornalista Mario Filho), will host seven games including the finals in the 2014 edition of the event.

The Pernambuco stadium in Recife will also use solar panels to power heating in the kitchens, toilets, and changing rooms; and Brasilla's Mane Garrincha stadium will generate half of its power needs from its 2.5 MW rooftop solar array.

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