By Cameron Chai
Yingli Green Energy Holding, a solar company, has partnered with the State of Rio de Janeiro, Light ESCO and EDF, Consultoria, s developer of solar projects for installing a solar project at the Estadio do Maracana, Brazil's highest-profile football stadium.
YINGLI GREEN ENERGY HOLDING COMPANY LIMITED MARACANA STADIUM 2012 Preliminary Rendering of the Maracana Stadium, Courtesy EDF Consultoria. (PRNewsFoto/Yingli Green Energy Holding Company Limited) BAODING AND SAO PAULO, CHINA AND BRAZIL
Light ESCO is the major owner and project developer for the stadium and will supply the power generated to the State of Rio de Janeiro and EDF is involved in constructing and installing the project.
The stadium, which belongs to the State Government, was opened in 1950 to conduct the 1950 FIFA World Cup. Currently, 82,238 audiences can be seated in the stadium. Further, the final game of the 2014 FIFA World Cup will be held in the stadium. As per the contract, the top of the stadium will be covered with more than 1,500 YGE 245 Series modules arranged on a metal ring.
The Managing Director of Yingli Green Energy Americas, Robert Petrina stated that Yingli, as a sponsor for 2014 FIFA World Cup, is dedicated to support FIFA and Brazil to become greener in record.
According to the Head of Corporate Social Responsibility at FIFA, Federico Addiechi, for the 2014 FIFA World Cup, sustainability is one of the main occupants. FIFA expects that this solar project will motivate other football stadiums in Brazil to install solar systems, which enhances the production and usage of renewable power in the nation.
Yingli Green Energy Holding, one of the largest vertically integrated photovoltaic producers, markets its products under the brand name "Yingli Solar."