March 24, 2014 - Yingli Green Energy, known as "Yingli Solar", today announced that it has supplied 1MW of solar panels to Grupo Neoenergia. The panels will deliver clean electricity to Arena Pernambuco, the site of five 2014 FIFA World Cup™ matches.
The unique ground-mount system, which is the first solar power plant for the Brazilian State of Pernambuco, is located on 15,000 square meters of land in Sao Lourenço de Mata, a suburb of Recife, the regional capital. The project contains more than 3,650 monocrystalline PANDA Series panels.
The system is projected to generate more than 1,500MWh of electricity annually, which is equivalent to approximately 6,000 Brazilians' annual electricity consumption. It will meet thirty percent of Arena Pernambuco's electricity demand. When the stadium is not in use, the clean solar energy will be delivered to the local community's electricity grid through Brazil's net energy metering program.
Visitors to the stadium will be able to track the system's performance at a Visitor's Center designed to educate the public about solar energy. Additionally, sophisticated solar generation and weather monitoring stations will support solar energy research and development.
FIFA President, Joseph S. Blatter, commended the project saying that "FIFA is committed to ensuring sustainability principles are applied to the 2014 FIFA World Cup planning and implementation. Large-scale solar projects like this one are contributing to our mission of reducing the negative and increasing the positive impact of the World Cup on society and the environment. We are grateful for the support of Yingli and their local partners in helping us leave a lasting, positive legacy in Brazil."
"We are thrilled to bring clean energy to the local Recife community and to the 2014 FIFA World Cup," commented Mr. Liansheng Miao, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Yingli Green Energy. "Thanks to its prominent location next to the stadium this 1 MW project will raise the profile of solar energy considerably during the FIFA World Cup, helping to bring our message of affordable green energy to the people of Brazil and football fans worldwide."
"Sustainability is a part of Neoenergia Group's mission, and our investments in five solar power plants in Brazil reflect that commitment to sustainable development. We are proud that our contributions have helped Brazil to achieve one of the cleanest energy matrixes in the world," said Mrs. Solange Ribeiro, President of Grupo Neoenergia.
"This landmark project has strengthened our relationship with Grupo Neoenergia, a pioneer in Brazil's growing solar energy market," commented Mr. Robert Petrina, Managing Director of Yingli Green Energy Americas. "We hope that by completing high-profile projects like Arena Pernambuco, we can continue driving demand for solar energy across Latin America."