The Amsterdam ArenA has its eyes set on the sun. Workers will begin installing 4,200 solar panels on its rooftop, which will generate approximately 930,000 kWh of electricity.
“At an earlier stage, the Amsterdam ArenA had already decided in favor of sustainable district heating and cooling,” said Henk Markerink, CEO of the Amsterdam ArenA. “Recently, a contract was signed for Dutch wind power, linked to the Oudendijk wind farm through Nuon. The installation of the solar panels is an important and logical next step towards the realization of a net climate neutral stadium by 2015.”
Covering 7,000 square meters (75,347 square feet), the panels will be placed on the non-moving parts of the stadium’s roof along the entire circumference above the rain gutter. It’s expected that the panels will prevent the emission of 430 tons of CO2.
The installation places the stadium among the top three “solar stadiums,” along with the Stade de Suisse in Bern and the Bentegodi Stadium in Verona.