by Zakee Kuduro, Creative Director, Energy Action Coalition
With the World Cup Games around the corner in 2 years Brazil plans on being the ultimate Eco- host by stepping up their renewable energy. Their plan is to set a higher standard being a sustainable country by powering several of its stadiums with solar power along with saving almost $4 million per year in utilities. This energy will be used in changing rooms, restrooms,lighting and many more.
Stadium's will sport an array of solar PV panels that support 2.5 MWp of capacity and expected to provide the stadium with about 50% of its power needs. Brazil chose 12 stadiums for this event to achieve a minimum sustainability standard, of 10 out of 12 hoping to encourage other countries to step up and follow a progressive lead. One of the stadiums in Brasília, seeks to use LEED Platinum status, which would make it the first soccer stadium in the world to achieve such a feat. This solar array project is expected to surpass the stadium’s power needs and will feed electricity back into the grid during peak energy consumption.