The Estadio Mineirao in Belo Horizonte, Brazil is the first stadium for next year’s World Cup to have its on-site solar capability inaugurated.

The stadium is the first of many which will feature rooftop arrays in time for the 2014 football spectacular.
Estadio Mineirao
Attendees for the ribbon cutting ceremony included: Minas Gerais state Governor Antonio Anastasia, Hans-Jürgen Beerfeltz, the state secretary of Germany’s Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), and Djalmo Bastos de Morais, president of Brazilian utility firm CEMIG.

Total investment for the project was $16.1 million with German bank KfW and CEMIG funding the new solar power plant.

Other stadiums that will be powered by solar facilities include a 1500 solar panel project at the Maracana in Rio de Janeiro, the  Recife’s Pernambuco Stadium and Brasilia’s Mané Garrincha stadium, which will have a 2.5 MWp solar rooftop plant, enough to power half the stadium.

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