Brazil previously hosted the 2014 FIFA World Cup and now in 2016 sees the country back into the spotlight to host the Olympic Games. The Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro held the final of the World Cup and will now feature again, however this time will be powered by Chinese solar equipment.
The Estadio Jornalista Mario Filho, better known as the Maracana, was originally built for the 1950 World Cup, will now host football matches, in addition to the opening and closing ceremonies for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.
Successful global manufacturer Yingli Solar from China, have installed 1,556 solar panels encircling the metal roof of the stadium which will be able to produce the power necessary in preparation for the Olympic Games.
With the Chinese solar panels’ 25 year warranty results in the football stadium to produce a long term generation of clean electricity. Yingli Solar have said with the 390kW system which has been providing environment-friendly power for the iconic football stadium, can reduce 2,560 tons of carbon dioxide emissions every year.
With the solar panels set in place, reveals Brazil’s commitment to sustainability by being determined to hold an environment-friendly Olympics.
The Rio 2016 Committee Head of Sustainability, Accessibility and Legacy, Tania Braga states: "We aim to reduce the carbon dioxide emissions and hold a low- carbon Olympics, leaving a green legacy for Brazil.”
"Sustainability does not include additional costs ... it helps being more efficient and then it reduces costs" added Braga.