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U.S. Soccer News: YINGLI GREEN ENERGY BECOMES THE FIRST OFFICIAL RENEWABLE ENERGY PARTNER OF U.S. SOCCER
Smart Energy and Smart Sport: Partnership Merges Rising Mainstream Markets – Soccer and Solar Energy – in America. U.S. Soccer today announced a multi-year agreement that establishes Yingli Green Energy as the first Official Renewable Energy Partner of U.S. Soccer and the U.S. Men’s, Women’s, and Youth National Teams through the end of 2014
U.S. Soccer goes greener and gets some new power, or at least has entered into a partnership with Yingli Green Energy, a leading solar energy company, who will support U.S. Soccer’s ongoing efforts to develop the game at all levels.
As Jurgen Klinsmann makes his first appearance tonight as the new Head Coach of the U.S. Men's National Team, the partnership with Yingli Green Energy will be officially launched duing the match versus Mexico.
Klinsmann takes over the U.S. team a little more than a year after a dramatic run through the FIFA™ World Cup 2010 in South Africa, culminating in a Round of 16 match against Ghana that garnered 19.4 million American viewers.
The partnership with Yingli Green Energy comes at a time when the U.S. Women’s National Team finished an impressive run at the 2011 FIFA™ Women’s World Cup in Germany, capturing the attention of millions of fans stateside, evidenced by a record-setting TV audience of 13.5 million for the final match against Japan.
Solar power is one of America's stromgest options for power and a strong growing force in many areas of the country. Solar power is a safe, cost effective option and popular in California, New Jersey, Massachusetts, and Pennsylvania. The partnership demonstrates Yingli Green Energy interest in reaching smart consumers through their support of American soccer.
“Soccer is the world’s most popular game and we are extremely excited to be partnering with U.S. Soccer, an organization that has achieved tremendous success and similar global recognition in recent years,” said Mr. Robert Petrina, Managing Director of Yingli Americas, a fully-owned subsidiary of Yingli Green Energy. “We consider this association to be the best platform for building solar energy awareness across the country. We recently announced that we are on track to capture 15 percent of the North American solar market in 2011, and today we’re reinforcing our commitment to build a lasting brand and a recognizable local presence.”
Yingli Green Energy has committed to working with U.S. Soccer on a philanthropic initiative that aims to provide solar energy for local athletic centers in disadvantaged communities across the U.S. The program will be operational throughout the duration of the Yingli Green Energy and U.S. Soccer’s partnership, and is designed to be a lasting legacy for future generations to value environmental sustainability.
“We are looking forward to our new partnership with Yingli Green Energy through 2014,” said U.S. Soccer President Sunil Gulati. “Working closely with a leading renewable energy company will give us the opportunity to enhance our social and environmental activities through a number of different initiatives over the next few years.”
“This is a special time for soccer in America, when the soccer community is energized about the game’s future,” said Liansheng Miao, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Yingli Green Energy. “We are similarly excited about the potential for the solar industry, and we are pleased to be partnering with U.S. Soccer to help advance opportunities for both soccer and renewable energy throughout this important market.”
Yingli Green Energy has made a significant global commitment to soccer in recent years, including official partnerships with the FIFA™ World Cup 2010 and 2014, and Germany’s largest and most successful soccer club, FC Bayern Munich.
Yingli Green Energy is a solar energy company and one of the world’s largest vertically integrated photovoltaic manufacturers. Yingli Green Energy’s manufacturing covers the entire photovoltaic value chain, from the production of polysilicon through ingot casting and wafering, to solar cell production and module assembly.
Founded in 1913, U.S. Soccer has helped chart the course for soccer in the USA for more than 95 years as the governing body of the sport. In this time, the Federation’s mission statement has been clear and simple: to make soccer, in all its forms, a pre-eminent sport in the United States and to continue the development of soccer at all recreational and competitive levels. To that end, the sport’s growth in the past two decades has been nothing short of remarkable as U.S. Soccer’s National Teams have continually succeeded on the world stage while also growing the game here in the United States with the support of its members.
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