MONDAY 29 AUGUST, 2011 |
Latin America's First Solar Soccer Stadium
A 403 kW solar array will be installed on the roof of Pituaçu Stadium in Salvador da Bahia, the third largest city in
Gehrlicher Ecoluz Solar do Brasil S.A has been awarded a contract for the planning and construction of
the photovoltaic system, the first on a soccer stadium in Latin America.
The project will utilise flexible lightweight solar panels made by Uni-Solar
and monocrystalline modules manufactured by Yingli
This isn't Yingli's first brush with soccer - in 2010, Yingli became the first renewable energy company in history to sponsor the FIFA World Cup
Construction will commence next month and the rooftop solar farm is expected to
be connected to the mains grid by December 2011.
Ricardo da Silva David, Director of Gehrlicher Ecoluz Solar do Brasil said the
project was an important contract for the partnership, particularly given plans
for all twelve 2014 Soccer World Cup venues to have solar power systems
Gehrlicher Ecoluz Solar do Brasil S.A. is a joint venture between German solar
power company Gehrlicher Solar AG
and the Brazilian environmental technology group Ecoluz Participações S.A.
Sporting venues are increasingly turning to solar power to generate clean
electricity for their venues, and in some cases, to create a revenue stream
Last year a 3 MW solar farm was constructed at the NASCAR Pocono raceway in
Pennsylvania. Consisting of 40,000 solar
, it was (and possibly still is) the largest solar sports stadium in
the world; more than double the size of what was the second-biggest
solar-powered sports venue at the time, a stadium
with a 1.2 megawatt capacity.
Much smaller installations are also popping up all over the world at sports
facilities; all playing a role in reducing greenhouse gas emissions and slashing
In Australia, national solar solutions provider Energy
installed a 10kW rooftop solar farm at Bankstown
in October 2010, based on REC
. The company also installed four Siddons solar
hot water systems
at the facility; which are now saving the stadium
operators 75 - 80% on electricity consumption compared to their previous
electric hot water system.
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