The eight edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) in Bengaluru will be played on what the Karnataka State Cricket Association (KSCA) claims is the world’s only solar-powered cricket ground.
KSCA has commissioned a 400-KW solar plant to power the entire M. Chinnaswamy stadium, except for the high-intensity floodlights, before the start of the IPL season next month (from April 8th). The company executing the project has proposed powering the floodlights too using solar energy as the next step in KSCA’s ‘go green’ mission.
“We are aiming to make this a green stadium,” said KSCA honorary secretary Brijesh Patel, a former India cricketer. “It makes economic sense for us to do this, and the additional power we generate will be offloaded to the grid.”
The Rs 4.5 crore project, commissioned in February this year and inspired by Germany’s fully solar-powered Freiburg football stadium, is expected to reduce KSCA ‘s power consumption drastically. The state cricket body is head-quartered in the stadium itself.
At present, KSCA consumes about 18 lakh units per year. After the solar power project is implemented, it is expected to use about 6 lakh units a year through solar and sell any additional power to the Bangalore Electricity Supply Co grid.
H Nandi, Founder of city-based technology solutions firm MRO-TEK that’s implementing the project, said:
“In a matter of four years, the KSCA will get its returns. It would also be able to generate Rs 70-80 lakh revenue with the power it generates.”
MRO-TEK’s next target is the floodlights at the stadium. “Each floodlight consumes about 1 MW power, with each bulb carrying 1,000 watts of power. It can be replaced with 200 watt LED bulbs, which we plan to do experimentally without disturbing other floodlights. With this, power consumption would drastically reduce,” Nandi added.