Neoenergia, through the Pernambuco Power Company (CELPE) and Odebrecht Energy will implement a solar plant at the Pernambuco Arena, stadium that will play host to the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil in São Lourenço da Mata, 19 km away from Recife. With investments in the order of R$ 13 million, the solar plant will have 1MWp in of installed power, the equivalent to the average consumption of 6 thousand Brazilians. The plan will start to be built in the second half of 2012 and should be working by June 2013.
The implementation and operation of the plant will incur addition costs to the stadium. All generated power will be directed to the Pernambuco Arena. Its technology will use photovoltaic solar power, which uses solar panels to convert sunlight into electricity.
The Memorandum of Understanding for the building of the plant has already been signed between the Pernambuco Arena and Odebrecht Energy, who will be charge of running the solar plant after it is implemented. The use of solar power will also mean environmental benefits, as the sun is a renewable non-polluting resource, with low maintenance costs. The source is abundant in almost all of the national territory and allows for distributed generation, which reduces global power costs and generates carbon credits even.
Among venues in the world that have already adopted solar power in the world there are the Qwest Field in Seattle, the AT&T Park in San Francisco, both in the United States and the Easy Credit Stadium in Nuremberg, Germany.