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KfW signs €10 million loan agreement for Solar World Cup 2014 project

  • The Mineirão stadium in Brazil is one of two football stadiums, which will sport new PV rooftop systems.
    The Mineirão stadium in Brazil is one of two football stadiums, which will sport new PV rooftop systems.

On behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), KfW Entwicklungsbank, has signed a €10 million (US$13 million) loan guarantee with Brazil’s Companhia Energética de Minas Gerais (CEMIG) for the Solar World Cup 2014 project.

The project will see the Mineirão and Mineirinho stadiums, located in Belo Horizonte, outfitted with rooftop photovoltaic systems, which hold a combined capacity of 2.6MW. Electricity produced by the project will be fed into the grid so that Brazilian consumers can benefit from the solar electricity.

Total investment for the project is projected at €14.25 million (US$18.7 million). The KfW loan will help fund the project and includes funds from the BMZ for interest reduction and a contribution of €4.25 million (US$5.6 million) from CEMIG. Further, the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit plans to support CEMIG in marketing the solar electricity and training technical personnel.

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