One of the biggest stars of the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™ will certainly be The Sun. For the first time, the final match of the FIFA World Cup will be powered by solar energy. Yingli Solar, the world’s largest solar panel manufacturer and a FIFA World Cup Sponsor, has provided solar panels for the Arena Pernambuco and the Estádio do Maracanã, which are expected to generate more than 1MW per year and clean electricity for 25 years or more. These exciting, large-scale solar projects represent FIFA’s long-term commitment to sustainability leadership, to reducing the environmental impact of its own operations, and to increasing the positive impact of the FIFA World Cup™ on society and the environment.
Sustainability is one of the key tenants in our vision for the 2014 FIFA World Cup™. After bringing solar power to 20 Football for Hope Centres in Africa, we are delighted that our collaboration with Yingli is continuing and is now bringing solar PV systems to football stadiums in Brazil. We hope this landmark project will be the catalyst to increase the production and use of renewable energy in the country,
Estádio do Maracanã’s Solar Installation
Ever since the 1950 FIFA World Cup™, the Estádio do Maracanã has been renowned as one of football’s most iconic venues. Thanks to recent renovations, South America’s largest stadium may now become famous for its sustainability initiatives. With over 1,500 Yingli Solar panels installed, the solar project will produce enough electricity to power an estimated 240 homes annually, preventing the release of about 350 tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere each year. The prominent placement of the panels will bring green energy to the global stage during the final match of the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™, helping to raise environmental awareness among football fans worldwide.
- The 390kWp installation is estimated to generate over 550MWh of clean electricity each year.
- The solar power generated could power 240 average homes for 25 years.
- The project could offset about 350 tons of carbon dioxide each year, similar to the impact of planting 14,000 trees.
Arena Pernambuco’s Solar Installation
Home to five matches of the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™, the Arena Pernambuco will be powered with clean energy from a 1MW solar power plant. The unique ground-mounted solar installation, the first solar power plant for the Brazilian state of Pernambuco, is in São Lourenço de Mata, a suburb of Recife, the regional capital. The project contains more than 3,650 high-efficiency Yingli Solar panels, which are expected to generate about 1,500MWh of clean electricity each year. Visitors can track the system’s power performance at an on-site Visitor Centre designed to promote solar energy education.
- The 1,000kWp installation is estimated to generate about 1,500MWh of clean electricity each year.
- The solar power generated could power 600 average homes for 25 years.
- The project could offset about 800 tons of carbon dioxide each year, similar to the impact of planting 35,000 trees.