The Kyocera Group announced that it is supplying 725 kilowatts of solar modules for the KYOCERA Stadium in The Hague, Netherlands. On January 22, the signing of a letter of intent in The Hague signaled the start of another major Kyocera solar project in connection with professional sports in Europe ― after the Stade de Suisse in Bern, Switzerland. The roof of The Hague’s soccer stadium is to be equipped with 2,900 high-quality Kyocera solar modules.
Furthermore, the plans of the signatories, namely the city of The Hague, Kyocera Fineceramics GmbH, NV ADO Den Haag soccer club, Croon Elektrotechniek, Oskomera solar power solutions, Rabobank, Steeds and Vrolijk Technical Services, go further than just equipping the stadium roof with solar power: The system will become one of the largest building-based photovoltaic projects in the Netherlands ― allowing CO2 emissions to be reduced by up to 272 tons a year and providing the equivalent electricity required by around 200 typical homes. That means the project will make a valuable contribution to The Hague’s plans to become carbon neutral by 2040.
The stadium is the home of the first-division Dutch soccer team ADO Den Haag and has a capacity of 15,000. In addition to soccer, the stadium is used for field hockey games. The construction work is set to take place this summer, immediately following the Hockey World Cup, which will use the stadium as a venue.
Kyocera set the standard for the use of solar technology in the sporting world in 2004 when it supplied 1.3 megawatts of solar modules for what was at the time the world’s largest stadium-based solar power generating system at the Stade de Suisse (home of the Swiss soccer team BSC Young Boys, and a venue for Euro 2008). The 8,000 solar modules installed there have since been producing an annual output of 1,124,045 kWh. The company has also supplied its solar modules to other sports facilities around the world, including the Townsville RSL Stadium in North Queensland, Australia; and the MAZDA Stadium in Hiroshima, Japan.