Friday, June 11, 2010

Yingli at the 2010 FIFA World Cup

Yingli Green Energy Holding Company Limited has officially opened its carbon-neutral commercial display at the 2010 FIFA World Cup™ soccer stadium in Johannesburg, South Africa. The display, which will be utilized by World Cup partners and sponsors to advertise, is the first carbon-neutral commercial display in the history of the FIFA World Cup™.

By using the Yingli Solar PV system and low carbon footprint materials in the design of the commercial display, the Company was able to achieve carbon neutral status. Additionally, all materials are manufactured in South Africa so products wouldn’t need to be transported by air. Investments in ecological carbon dioxide emission reduction certificates were also made.

"We are pleased to be the first FIFA World Cup™ sponsor to showcase a carbon-neutral Commercial Display," Mr. Liansheng Miao, Chairman and CEO of Yingli Green Energy, stated. "It is important for us at Yingli Green Energy that we are responsible for our own operational footprint in terms of social and environmental impact. Like FIFA, we are committed to making our contributions to a cleaner and greener world. Our Commercial Display will also be an opportunity for football fans from all over the world to see and experience the PV technology as they gather before the kick-off of matches at Soccer City."

The commercial display was designed and installed by Yingli, as a fully operating PV system with Yingli Solar semi-transparent laminates. A total of 1.2 kWp will be generated from the system. The system has the potential to generate around 1,500 KWh of electricity, if it were left at the Soccer City Stadium in Johannesburg for a full year, offsetting around 1.5 tons of carbon dioxide equivalents. The display also incorporates wood, bamboo and other materials from South Africa, which contribute to the reduction of the overall carbon footprint of the display.

Jerome Valcke, FIFA Secretary General, said, "We are excited that Yingli Green Energy marks another historical moment by presenting the very first carbon neutral Commercial Display ever in FIFA World Cup™ history. FIFA is very conscious about the planet we inhabit and we are proud to join forces with Yingli Green Energy by combining our love for football and the environment."

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