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Brazilian World Cup Football Stadium Fits Solar Panels

As many of you will know Brazil are to be the hosts of the 2014 FIFA World Cup and are in an advanced stage of preparing their stadia for the event that will be watched by many millions from all parts of the globe. It is a premier event that only comes around once in every four years.

Pele played for Brazil and is believed by many to be the world’s greatest player
(image credit: Around the rings1992)

A number of the football stadiums that are to be used to showcase the talents of most of the best football players in the world are to have solar panels fitted. This will provide an excellent opportunity for the solar industry to advertise this renewable energy source in a way that has possibly never been done before. This can only be positive for the industry.
Recently, the opening ceremony of the solar array took place at the Estádio Governador Magalhães Pinto stadium in Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil. The stadium was originally constructed in 1965 and is more commonly referred to as the Mineirão. The solar array amounting to 1.4MW has been installed on the roof at a cost of around £10.7 million. The electricity generated by this solar array is to be fed into the national grid and not used by the stadium.

The above stadium is where Cruzeiro play their matches – they have been Brazilian Champions on two occasions. The stadium will also feature three matches from the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup with those being matches between Nigeria and Tahiti, Mexico and Japan plus it will also host one of the semi-finals.

Another of the football grounds that is to have solar panels fitted is the Mane Garrincha in Brasilia. This one will have a solar array capable of generating 2.5MW of electricity with that providing 50% of the power the stadium needs.

It had been hoped that all 12 football grounds that are to be used to host the World Cup would have solar panels installed but this may not now be the case.

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