IPL matches in Bengaluru, home of the Royal Challengers Bangalore, will take place under floodlights in the world’s first solar-powered cricket ground.
The Karnataka State Cricket Association (KSCA) commissioned a 400-KW solar plant to power the entire M Chinnaswamy Stadium, except for the high-intensity floodlights, before the IPL season commences next month.
“We are aiming to make this a green stadium,” said KSCA honorary secretary Brijesh Patel.
“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 and inspired by Germany’s fully solar-powered Freiburg football stadium, is expected to reduce KSCA ‘s power consumption drastically .
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.
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