World-leading vertically integrated photovoltaic modules manufacturer Yingli Green Energy (Yingli Solar) recently announced the company’s plans to leave a sustainable legacy in Brazil.

Yingli Solar’s plans include becoming the first ever carbon neutral sponsor of the FIFA World Cup, and supplying 400 to 600 kW for a solar legacy project in Brazil that is expected to be among the largest solar energy systems in the country.

Judy Lee, Yingli's Vice President of Global Marketing, Markus Vlasits, Country Manager of Yingli Green Energy Brazil, Thierry Weil, FIFA Director of Marketing, and Federico Addiechi, Head of FIFA Corporate Social Responsibility addressed the media and explained these initiatives at the press conference in Rio de Janeiro.

Yingli has been working with FIFA to leave solar legacies in the host countries of the FIFA World Cup competition since 2010 when the company became the first renewable energy sponsor and the first Chinese sponsor. The Company provided customised solar solutions to 20 ‘Football for Hope’ centres all over Africa through the ‘Football for Hope, Energy for Hope’ program, focused on improving the social environment for disadvantaged children in Africa even after the FIFA World Cup.

As the first carbon neutral sponsor in FIFA World Cup history, Yingli Solar will be developing one of the largest solar energy installations in Brazil, a project chosen jointly by FIFA and Yingli as an official CSR project of the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

Mr Vlasits from Yingli explains that their solar legacy project will not only be an important legacy of the FIFA World Cup, but will also be a boon to the country's emerging solar energy industry.

According to Ms Lee from Yingli, as the world's largest solar panel provider and renewable energy partner to FIFA, Yingli Solar will utilise their expertise to leave a positive legacy in the host countries of Africa and Brazil, with the joint projects continuing to serve the community and the environment well into the future.