A 1MW rooftop PV plant has been installed on the roof of Itaipava Arena Pernambuco, one of the stadiums that will be used in the 2014 World Cup football tournament in Brazil.

Completion of the project in the city of São Lourenço da Mata was announced by the regional government of Pernambuco. Holding company Grupo Neoenergia, which invests in the Brazilian electricity sector developed the project in partnership with regional utility Companhia Electrica de Pernambuco (Celpe) and Odebrecht Energia. The installation forms part of a pilot solar programme launched by the Brazilian Electricity Regulatory Agency (Aneel). It will provide enough electricity to meet the demand of around 6,000 people, equivalent to 30% of the stadium’s demand.

Construction on the 46,000 capacity Itaipava Arena stadium itself was completed earlier this year. It was built by Odebrecht Energia’s parent company, the Brazilian industrial conglomerate Odebrecht. Itaipava Arena Pernambuco will be used for group stage matches including USA versus Germany, Ivory Coast versus Japan and Italy against Costa Rica.

Grupo Neoenergia previously invested in a solar installation at Pituacu Stadium in Salvador, Brazil, the first stadium in Latin America to be fitted with PV. Pituacu will be used for training, but not matches, at the World Cup next year. Several other Brazilian football stadiums have been fitted with photovoltaic installations ahead of the tournament.

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