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2014-06-14. Introducing The First-Ever World Cup Stadium Powered By Solar.

posted Jun 16, 2014, 10:53 AM by Alan Gould
For GSS Energy Use chapter 10.  Excerpt: The 2014 Word Cup kicked off in Brazil this week and ... a bright spot in the construction is the integration of renewable energy. Complete with 6,000 solar panels, Mineirão is the first World Cup stadium ever powered by solar energy. The plant’s installed capacity of 1,600 megawatts-hour per year (1.4 MW) is enough to power 1,200 households, according to the Brazilian federal government’s World Cup website. “As it’s not possible to store all the energy, 10 percent of it will be used in powering the Mineirão and the rest will be transferred to consumers,” said Alexandre Maia Bueno with Minas Gerais State Electricity Company (CEMIG), which constructed the plant. ...One-third of the countries competing in the event have less solar energy than a single stadium in Brazil. “Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, Cameroon, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Honduras, Iran, Ivory Coast and Uruguay all produce less solar power than the 2.5 MW solar capability of the Estádio Nacional Mané Garrincha in Brasilia. Ghana produces the same amount,” the report found. ...because Brazil will also play host to the 2016 Olympic Games, solar is expected to factor in to those facilities, as well. http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2014/06/14/3449122/solar-powering-world-cup/  By Kiley Kroh, ThinkProgress.