Energy Conversion Devices’ subsidiary United Solar has revealed that a 238KW system using its Uni-solar thin-film solar laminates will be installed at the Pituaçu Stadium in Salvador de Bahia, Brazil. This is said to be the first solar system to be installed on a soccer arena in South America.

United Solar and Gehrlicher Ecoluz Solar do Brasil, a JV between Gehrlicher Solar and Ecoluz Participações, are partnering for the solar array, which will be installed on the stadium’s canopy covering that sits over its grandstands.

“We see great opportunity for solar adoption in Brazil with its high average insolation and growing infrastructure investment leading up to the World Cup in 2014," said Steve Szamocki, senior vice president of sales for the Americas division of United Solar.

Work on the installation is expected to begin this month with an anticipated completion date for December. The solar array has the support by power produced Coelba and the Government of the State of Bahia.

"Gehrlicher has recently joined the rapidly expanding Uni-Solar Business Alliance Partner network. They are now trained and certified in the installation, operation and ongoing support of our laminates for commercial rooftop applications. Moreover, we are now collaborating on a number of projects in Brazil and the Pituaçu Stadium is just one example of the outstanding work our companies are capable of delivering to the Brazilian market," Szamocki concluded.