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Works starts on sports stadium solar power plant in Brazil

Coelba begins project to install PV system at Pituaçu soccer stadium in Salvador

Pituaçu will be the first soccer stadium in Latin America to be supplied with solar power and will inaugurate in Brazil a technology already adopted in some stadiums around the world

Construction has started to develop a solar power plant for a sports stadium in Brazil. A photovoltaic solar energy generation system is being installed at the soccer stadium Roberto Santos (Pituaçu) in Salvador.

The system will be implanted by Coelba, distributing company of Neoenergia Group. By collecting sunlight, the arena will become an electric power generating plant, being self-sufficient and supplying the surplus to other consumers.

The project is included in the concessionaires Energy Efficiency Program, approved by firm Aneel. The Government of the State of Bahia is a partner on the project, with the technical support of GIZ and of Ideal (Institute for the Development of Alternative Energies in Latin America), under the coordination of the Federal University of Santa Catarina (UFSC).

The energy generated by the stadium will be used in its own facilities during the day and the surplus will be used by SETRE (Labour, Employment, Income and Sports Department of Bahia) through Coelbas distribution network. The solar energy generation will provide the stadium with savings of 630MWh/year.

Pituaçu will be the first soccer stadium in Latin America to be supplied with solar power and will inaugurate in Brazil a technology already adopted in some stadiums around the world. This includes Badenova Stadium, in Freiburg, Germany and Stade de Suissse Wandkdorf National, in Bern, Switzerland. The model of solar stadiums is to be followed by the soccer stadiums hosting the 2014 World Cup matches.

The photovoltaic solar system will generate 400kWp. It will include PV modules, CC-CA inverters, elevating substations data measurement and acquisition system. Flexible modules of amorphous silicon thin film will be used in the existing structures as they are lighter. Solar plates of crystalline silicon will be used on the stadium’s parking areas.