Baoding, China and Sao Paulo, May 16, 2012 — Yingli Green Energy Holding Co., a solar energy company and photovoltaic manufacturer, partnered with Light ESCO, EDF Consultoria, and the state of Rio de Janeiro to bring solar power to Brazil's highest-profile football stadium, Estadio do Maracana.
As the majority owner and project developer, Light ESCO is joining forces with EDF on the installation and construction, and will be supplying the energy produced to the state of Rio de Janeiro.
Owned by the state government, the stadium was opened in 1950 to host the 1950 FIFA World Cup and was the world's largest stadium by capacity at the time. Currently seating 82,238 spectators, the arena will be the host facility for the 2014 FIFA World Cup final game. Under today's agreement, over 1,500 YGE 245 Series modules will be placed on a metal ring that will encircle the top of the stadium.