Cricket is in the hearts of Indians and thus qualifies to be the best means to promote environmental consciousness through it. To realise the potential of solar rooftop photovoltaic on sports infrastructure, GIZ and Karnataka State Cricket Association joined hands to harness the potential of solar energy on the roof of M. Chinnaswammy stadium in Bangalore. Apart from solar energy, through the environment programme of GIZ in India (IGEP), the stadium shall become a green stadium by proper waste management, rain water harvesting measures etc.
Sports and sports stars are followed by a huge population in India and it is the best channel to promote eco awareness and motivate people to adopt green measures to contribute in saving the environment. Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) and the Karnataka State Cricket Association (KSCA) entered into an Agreement of Co-operation in order to jointly promote sustainable development, to promote resource efficiency (including water resources) and to support measures that contribute to the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions such as CO2. Under the project ComSolar, both the organisations agreed to explore the possibility of developing a solar photovoltaic plant on the roof of the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore.
Considering the old structure of the stadium, the need of a detailed structural feasibility was felt and thus with the help of Lahmeyer International India a feasibility study of the stadium roof structure was carried out with regard to installation and long term operation of solar PV System. With slight modifications in the structure and roofing sheets, it is possible to install solar photovoltaic power plants with cumulative capacity of approximately 1.3 MW on the roof of east and west stands.
GIZ and KSCA together also launched the ‘Green Wicket Campaign’ during the one day international cricket match between India and Australia on 2nd November 2013, to create awareness on making life styles, cities and future eco-friendly. Signature of the green wickets through both national captains has been covered with huge media attention. Four Cricket stars signed up as ambassadors for the different focus areas of the campaign, e.g. Javagal Srinath (former fast bowler of the Indian cricket team) is the ambassador for the “renewable energy” campaign.
The concept of Green roof on stadiums is becoming very popular across the globe and has lot of potential in India as this option is the least explored here. The stadium hosts lot of cricket matches thus attracting thousands of visitors and through this activity, solar energy becomes a showcase to common masses at large and helps to create awareness among them. One pilot intervention will create ripples and lead to replication within KSCA and then further to other sports associations and stadiums.
The first phase of the solar plant - 400 kW rooftop solar photovoltaic system is installed and running successfully. The plant was inaugurated on 15 April 2015 by D.K. Shivakumar, Minister for Energy, Government of Karnataka (GoK), in the presence of Mr. Ashok Anand, President, KSCA, Mr. Brijesh Patel, Secretary, KSCA and Mr. Dayanand Pai, Treasurer, KSCA and other senior KSCA officials and members along with GIZ staff.
The plant is installed by a Bangalore based company MRO-TEK and consists of 1422 modules that will generate approximately 1700 units / day which shall be consumed within the premises. Surplus electricity generated will be exported to Bangalore Electricity Supply Company Ltd. (BESCOM) at a price of Rs 9.56 /kWh under the Net Metering Scheme promoted in the state. KSCA is looking forward to increase the capacity of the plant by adding another 850 kW in the second phase.
- ComSolar supported Karnataka State Cricket Association to harness rooftop solar energy potential at M.Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore
- A 400 kW rooftop solar photovoltaic plant is installed and running successfully
- The roof has the potential for the plant to be extended up to 1.3 MW
- Making school kids eco-conscious - Cricketers head campaigns on power, water, waste and hygiene (Article)
- Chinnaswamy stadium will look to the sun for power (Article)
- Green Wicket Campaign inaugurated during the India-Australia ODI on November 2, 2013 (Article)
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- Sunny Side Up, Times of India, 19 April 2015 (click here)
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