World’s First 100% Solar-Powered Stadium

Solar Powered Stadium For 2009 World Games

A couple of years ago, we wrote about a 1.3 megawatt solar-powered stadium in Switzerland. A new solar powered stadium has been built in Taiwan for the 2009 World Games in July. Designed by Japanese architect Toyo Ito, the stadium incorporates 8,844 solar panels on the roof. The roof will generate enough energy to power the building’s 3,300 lights and two giant television screens.

Solar Panels On Stadium In Taiwan

On hot days, the stadium will generate more power than it needs, so the Taiwanese government plans to sell the excess capacity. A Taiwanese official said that the panels will generate 1.14 million KWh per year, preventing 660 tons of annual carbon dioxide.

Solar Powered Stadium For World Games 2009

The power system was tested in January. It took over six minutes to power up the lighting in the stadium, which illuminates the track and field with 3300 lux.

Solar Stadium For World Games 2009

Solar Powered Stadium

The stadium has a some other green features — permeable pavement is used throughout the complex, and all the raw materials used in the main stadium are reusable and made in Taiwan.

Huge photos of the stadium can be found on the Skyscraper Forum.

Link: Stadium Home Page

12 thoughts on “World’s First 100% Solar-Powered Stadium”

  1. this is awesome. powering up all those lights and 2 giant television screens with nothing but solar energy? while at the same time preventing carbon dioxide to fill up the air? definetly something the US should be doing.

  2. It will also be good to know how much the whole solar panel installation cost. Remember, the real issue with solar energy is the high capital cost (with some solar power plants quoted at over $2.5 million / MW). Also, what sort of solar panels are these – thin film or the usual? I visited the stadium site, couldn’t find much else other than what’s given here.

    Also, it states “A Taiwanese official said that the panels will generate 1.14 million KWh per year, preventing 660 tons of annual carbon dioxide.” I think a coal fired power plant generates about 1 T of CO2 per MWh, which means at 1140 MWh,it should be preventing about 1100 CO2…anyway, half of that is still good, so let me not complain!

    Interesting post, thanks!

    Narsi @ Alt Profits – Profiting from the Alternative Energy Revolution –

  3. sal palantonio

    very cool. In the meantime, we can buy carbon offsets at carbonfund website. Its pretty cool, you can offset your car and air travel. You can also choose the 100% offset option or donate clean power.

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