400 kW solar plant installed on the stadium roof
Cricket is in the hearts of all Indians, and is highly effective in promoting environmental consciousness. The Karnataka State Cricket Association (KSCA) and GIZ India joined hands to utilise the potential of solar energy in Chinnaswamy Stadium. The result: a 400 kW solar power plant installed on the stadium roof. The plant was inaugurated on 15th April 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.
The plant 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.
Mr. Shivakumar, in his inaugural address, said that it is not only an honour for KSCA, but also a moment of pride for Karnataka and the entire country, as it is the first cricket stadium to have adopted a green approach. He added that KSCA has set an example for others to emulate by installing solar systems on their roof.
Mr Brijesh Patel, in his remarks, thanked Mr. Kaushik Mukherjee, Chief Secretary, Karnataka, for initiating the project after his visit to the renowned soccer stadium in Freiburg, Germany which is fitted with solar panels on the roof. He also thanked the team of GIZ’s ComSolar project and Indo-German Environment Partnership (IGEP) programme, also implemented by GIZ, for their contribution in making the project happen. He highlighted that the solar plant would significantly reduce their electricity bills, and that they are looking forward to increase the capacity of the plant by adding another 850 kW in the second phase. KSCA, along with IGEP, also installed rain water harvesting measures, waste management measures, and educated under-privileged children on sanitation using cricket as a medium, through the Green Wicket Campaign.
During this occasion, KSCA honoured individuals and organisations who had contributed to realising the solar roof top. Dr. Dieter Mutz, Programme Director, IGEP, received the memento on behalf of GIZ.