Yingli Green Energy will team up with Light ESCO, EDF Energy and Rio de Janeiro State to Brazil’s best known football stadium, the Estadio do Maracanã. Project developer Light ESCO, which is also the majority owner of the project, will work with EDF to install and construct the system. The power produced will then be supplied to the State of Rio de Janeiro.
The stadium, which has a capacity of 82,238 spectators, will have more than 1,500 YGE 245 series modules fitted to its iconic circular roof.
Liangsheng Miao, Yingli Green Energy CEO and chairman said, “This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to supply the most recognizable stadium in Brazil, and to work with two of the preeminent leaders of electricity generation and solar power in the country. Brazil is an important emerging market for Yingli, and we will continue to grow our presence here as the country's solar energy potential blossoms.”
Head of corporate social responsibility at FIFA, Federico Addiechi, added, “Sustainability is one of the key tenants in our vision for the 2014 FIFA World Cup. We hope this landmark project will be the catalyst to spur other football stadiums that may install solar PV systems across Brazil, serving to increase the production and use of renewable power in the country.”
The Estadio do Maracanã is owned by the government and will be an important football venue when Brazil host the 2014 FIFA World Cup, eventually hosting the final.