What you didn’t know about the stunning solar powered stadiums featured at the 2014 Brazil World Cup is that they will produce more renewable energy than the total solar energy capacity of 11 competing countries.

About 1.2 billion people in the world today; live without access to any sort of electricity, and to think that one stadium (Brazil’s 2.5MW Estádio Nacional Mané Garrincha) produces more solar power than all of their solar power capacities combined–is mind bugging.

This latest data is part of a new report by British NGO Practical Action titled Poor Peoples’ Energy Outlook.

“It is absurd that there has been a greater investment into renewable energy for a single sporting event than in 11 of the countries competing in it.” said Simon Trace, CEO of Practical Action.

Practical Action goes further to provide some interesting facts on this comparison:

The Maracana stadium


FACT: This stadium can produce 500KW of solar energy Vs In Cameroon the entire country produces just 65KW of solar energy

  • The average person in the US uses 22 times as much energy as the average person in Cameroon
  • Cameroon has a population of 22.3m, of whom only 16% have access to clean fuels – 78% of the country use solid fuel for energy
Derick Lila
Derick is a Clark University graduate—and Fulbright alumni with a Master's Degree in Environmental Science, and Policy. He has over a decade of solar industry research, marketing, and content strategy experience.

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