Brazil awards contract for first solar system at football stadium

Brazilian utility Coelba has awarded the contract for what is claimed to be the first solar power system deployed at a Latin American football stadium.

Gehrlicher Ecoluz Solar do Brasil will install a 403kW PV system at Pituaçu Stadium in Salvador da Bahia after winning an international tender run by the utility.

The company – a joint venture between German PV specialist Gehrlicher Solar and Brazilian environmental technology group Ecoluz Participações – says it will use dual module providers for the project.

238kW of lightweight thin-film modules from US supplier Uni-Solar will be deployed on the canopy covering the stand, while Yingli will provide 165kW of monocrystalline modules for rooftop installation on areas including the car park.

Work will begin on the project in September with grid-connection due by the end of the year.

The system will be part-financed by Coelba and the state government, owner of the stadium where local team Bahia plays matches.

The project is seen as a forerunner for the forthcoming initiative to equip all 12 Brazilian venues for the 2014 World Cup with solar power systems.

The tender process for those stadiums –Pituaçu is not among them – is still underway.

Andrew Lee, London

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