Will solar energy technology accelerate due to the 2022 World Cup in Qatar? Possibly. Qatar, the country with the highest per capital income in the world, may even become more rich in the long run if its proposed clean energy technology to keep soccer fans cool during 120 degree heat works as well as planned.

Read about one British design firm that most likely will have a leading role in planning facilities for the 2022 extravaganza. One point that won FIFA organizers over was the Showcase Stadium (pictured), a 500 seat by 500 seat test site that will serve as a prototype for the 10 sporting venues that Qatar promises for the event--and one will be ready by 2015:

During the FIFA visit, with an outside temperature of 44 degrees only two hours earlier, the temperature on the pitch was recorded as 23 degree. The venues’ solar panels operate year-round, continuously exporting electricity to the national grid. On a match day, the higher electrical demand will bring electricity back into the facility from the national grid. This electricity, together with generators using biofuels, provide power for both technical and general power, so the events are assured power during the World Cup.

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Leon Kaye

Leon Kaye is the founder and editor of GreenGoPost.com. Based in California, he specializes in social media consulting and strategic communications. A journalist and writer since 2009 his work has appeared on Triple Pundit , The Guardian's Sustainable Business site and has appeared on Inhabitat and Earth911. His focus is making the business case for sustainability and corporate social responsibility. He's pictured here in Qatar, one of the Middle East countries in which he takes a keen interest because of its transformation into a post-oil economy. Other areas of interest include sustainable development in The Balkans, Brazil and Korea. He was a new media journalism fellow at the International Reporting Project, for which he covered child survival in India during February 2013. Contact him at leon@greengopost.com. You can also reach out via Twitter (@LeonKaye) and Instagram (GreenGoPost). During 2013 and 2014, he lived and worked in Abu Dhabi, UAE, as an associate director with a leading public relations firm within Masdar, the emirate's renewable energy company. He lives in Fresno, California.