Guam breaks new ground with sustainability project
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A groundbreaking move in the history of football development programmes is set to be made by the Guam Football Association (GFA) through the implementation of the first-ever FIFA Income Generation Project: the installation of solar panels at the GFA headquarters and technical centre that will enable their authorities to save up to 95 per cent of their standard energy consumption and hence increase their investment in football-specific activities. The project was completed in co-operation with Yingli Solar Energy.

The FIFA Income Generation Programme is a special initiative approved by the FIFA Executive Committee in 2011 with the aim of adapting FIFA’s development activities to the changing landscape. Its key objective is to foster revenue creation in 50 member associations with high football development potential.

“The implementation of this first ever Income Generation Project in Guam is a very positive step for the GFA, who will directly benefit from the initiative, and for football in Guam, since the GFA will now be able to use some of their existing resources for football development purposes. And finally, for FIFA, as this type of result – saving or generating more income to allow higher investment in development – is what we aimed for when the Income Generation Programme was created. We will continue monitoring the results of this project, and look forward to implement other successful Income Generation initiatives,” commented FIFA Director Member Associations and Development Thierry Regenass.

Through the implementation of a systematic tracking scheme, FIFA is set to be able to quantify the reinvestment in football development.

"One of the many benefits of the installation of solar panels at the Guam Football Association National Training Center is the reduction in utility costs. With the rising cost of fuel, we felt that we had to do our part to use alternative sources of energy to help ease the strain on Guam Power Authority, which supplies electricity to homes and businesses. The solar panels are expected to produce about $81,900 worth of electricity per year, which could essentially zero out Guam FA's electricity bills. The money saved can then be allocated to other developmental programs - whether it is one for youth, one for grassroots coaches, officials, or others, “ explained GFA president Richard Lai.

“The solar panel project is one of our many sustainability efforts. We've seen a great reduction in costs associated with water consumption after the construction of artificial turf pitches, thanks to grants from FIFA's Goal Project programme. We expect to see similar reductions in terms of electricity costs."

Further FIFA Income Generation Projects approved by FIFA’s Development Committee in 2012 will benefit the member associations of Albania, Algeria, Latvia, Namibia and Slovakia.