Brazil's Mineirao Is The First World Cup Stadium Completely Powered By The Sun

Brazil's Mineirao Is The First World Cup Stadium Completely Powered By The Sun

The World Cup 2014 completed, but our eyes are focused to the Mineirao stadium. This 1965 soccer stadium in Belo Horizonte was recently equipped with a whopping 6,000 solar panels on its roof just in time for the international competition. An initiative by local electricity company CEMIG, this is the first ever World Cup stadium completely powered by the sun.

Originally built in 1965, the public listed Estadio Governador Magalhaes Pinto is one of this year's World Cup venues. Topped with 6,000 rooftop solar panels, it doubles as a complete photovoltaic solar plant (USF) capable of supplying power to 1,200 households. The plant was built by the Minas Gerais State Electricity Company (CEMIG), in partnership with German bank kfW and Minas Arena, the group that manages the Mineirao.

Because the panels produce more energy than is necessary to power the stadium (1,600 megawatts-hour per year), 10 percent of the remaining power goes directly to regular consumers. It will be distributed to surrounding homes, giving back to the local grid with clean energy.

Although the Mineirao is the First World Cup stadium completely supplied by solar power, is not the first one in the world. This idea takes inspiration from Germany's Freiburg and Switzerland's Bern stadium, which also works thanks to the brightest star.

Estadio Mineirao opened its solar-savvy doors in 2013. German bank KfW and CEMIG provided funding for the massive US$ 16.1 million stadium power plant project.