Designed by Toyo Ito, the dragon-shaped

50,000 seat arena is clad in 8,844 solar panels that illuminate the

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track and field with 3,300 lux. The project will officially open later

this year to welcome the 2009 World Games.

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Building a new stadium

is always a massive undertaking that requires millions of dollars,

substantial physical labor, and a vast amount of electricity to keep it

operating. Toyo Ito’s design

negates this energy drain with a stunning 14,155 sq meter solar roof

that is able to provide enough energy to power the stadium’s 3,300

lights and two jumbo vision screens. To illustrate the incredible power

of this system, officials ran a test this January and found that it

took just six minutes to power up the stadium’s entire lighting system!

The stadium also integrates additional green features such as permeable paving and the extensive use of reusable, domestically made

materials. Built upon a clear area of approximately 19 hectares, nearly

7 hectares has been reserved for the development of integrated public

green spaces, bike paths, sports parks, and an ecological pond.

Additionally, all of the plants occupying the area before construction

were transplanted.

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Non-sports fans in the community have a lot to jump up and down for as well. Not only does the solar

system provide electricity during the games, but the surplus energy

will also be sold during the non-game period. On days where the stadium

is not being used, the Taiwanese government plans to feed the extra

energy into the local grid, where it will meet almost 80% of the

neighboring area’s energy requirements. Overall, the stadium will

generate 1.14 million KWh per year, preventing the release of 660 tons

of carbon dioxide into atmosphere annually.

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