EDF Group and Light install solar panels on the Maracanã stadium in Rio de Janeiro
The stadium is now equipped with 1,552 solar panels covering a surface area of approximately 2400m2. It will generate almost 500 MW annually, which is enough electricity to provide power for 100 night-time football matches, or the equivalent of 240 households.
It was EDF and Light who designed and built this 183 ton photovoltaic power plant, via a consortium which was created in 2012. The two partners are jointly in charge of the operation.
The project will contribute to reducing the energy consumption for the State of Rio and represents a showcase of French expertise in the field of solar energy in Brazil.
Notes to editors
On the 8th May, in the presence of EDF and Light, the leading electricity producer in Rio de Janeiro, the Government of the State of Rio de Janeiro inaugurated a solar power plant on the roof of the Maracanã stadium, which is to host the 2014 FIFA World Cup and the 2016 Rio Olympic and Paralympic Games.
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