What if the World Cup was Decided by Solar Panels?

What if the World Cup was Decided by Solar Panels?

A solar look at who will win the 2014 World Cup

  With the 2014 FIFA World Cup underway, eyes all across the globe have turned to the Brazilian center stage to see which nation will house the soccer club that will be revered as greatest under the sun. From the beginning of June, after many matches, mishaps and close-calls, 32 teams representing different nations worldwide have been narrowed down to a select four: Germany, Netherlands, Brazil and Argentina. In the soccer world, Brazil and Germany have each had a history of being a fierce competitor with Netherlands and Argentina, not far behind – each taking its turn as rising underdog.  With the finals only days away, these teams will compete for the positions of 1st, 2nd and 3rd in the world. From a soccer standpoint, it can be difficult to predict who will emerge victorious as each team has had its time on the center stage in the past. It is possible, however, that each countries solar scorecard may shed some light on which team might outshine the rest for the goal.  

The Line Up

Germany

In the solar world, Germany emerges as the market leader with over 35,000 Megawatts (MW) of solar installed. This is not much different from their FIFA standing, as currently, the German national soccer club is also ranked number one.

Netherlands

The Netherlands comes in a strong second with 655 MW of installed solar.  Unlike in Germany, government subsidies did not cause many to run towards solar, initially. However, once the ball was removed from their court (i.e. the reduction of the government subsidies), the Dutch began to run towards the goal of increased solar capacity.

Brazil

Some many argue that the Brazilian soccer club has the highest potential for success this year, especially as the national hosts for the World Cup.  This locational advantage also speaks true with regard to Brazil’s solar potential.  At 6.5kWh/m2 , currently Brazil maintains the highest solar incidence in the globe. With an estimated installed capacity of12 MW, Brazil may not currently have the greatest amount of installed solar capacity, but what it lacks in solar capacity, it makes up for in solar incidence (amount of usable sunlight for solar).

 Argentina

Argentina currently remains the underdog with 10 MW of installed solar power. Although, Argentina currently obtains a small amount of their 2% renewable energy portfolio from solar, Argentina has the potential for a great come-from-behind victory in annual installed solar capacity.  Argentina plans on increasing their entire renewable energy portfolio to 8% by 2016 – with 10% of that potentially coming from solar.

 So Who Will Win?

Ironically, in the end, the solar match-up does not look much different from that of the World Cup, with Germany facing Brazil and Argentina facing the Netherlands in the semi-finals. So who will win the 2014 World Cup? No one can say for sure.  On the bright side, in the world of solar, each of these countries has the potential for greatness under the sun.

 

By Lumyr Derisier, Solar Consultant

References:

FIFA World Cup Rankings
http://en.fifaranking.net/ranking/

 

“Top Solar Power Countries Per Capita & Per GDP (CleanTechnica Exclusive)” http://cleantechnica.com/2013/06/26/solar-power-by-country-solar-rankings-by-country/

 

“Solar Power in Germany”
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solar_power_in_Germany

 

“Solar power in the Netherland”
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solar_power_in_the_Netherlands

 

“Argentina Heads for Solar Surge  With Incentives”.
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-02-18/argentina-sees-jump-in-solar-power-as-state-plans-premium.html

“Solar Power Generation to Increase by 35 Times in Argentina”
http://inhabitat.com/solar-power-generation-to-increase-by-35-times-in-argentina/argentina-solar-panels/

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