Monday, April 2, 2012

Solar Power from Cricket Stadium to Light up Rajkot

Other than hosting matches, the Madhavrao Scindia International Cricket Stadium on Race Course Road will be put to another interesting use. In the near future, the stadium's roof will have solar panels installed, which will power nearly 40,000 streetlights that dot Rajkot's roads.

Rajkot Municipal Corporation (RMC) has invited international bids for preparing a detailed project report for its 'Solar Power Cricket Stadium.' RMC commissioner Ajay Bhadoo said that proposals have been invited from qualified and experienced consultancy firms and institutes. "We thought that if the stadium's roof which has a usable area of approximately 5,500 square metres could be converted into a solar panel. The energy thus generated could be used to light up the stadium during the matches as well as the street lights,'' said Bhadoo.

Solar power could also help bring down RMC's electricity bill. Presently, the 40,000 street lights consume 10.88 MW electricity per year and the civic body pays for Rs 5 crore as bills, said Alpana Mitra, officer on special duty (OSD), RMC.

"Apart from matches, solar panel could be connected to the grid and it would help us to compensate for the energy used by the street lights," said Mitra. The initial project cost is estimated at Rs 30 crore. "We have initiated an administrative process in this regard and floated an advertisement for the appointment of the consultant for the same. Soon, a project proposal shall be submitted to Gujarat Energy Development Agency (GEDA) and the Union ministry for new and renewable energy, for financial assistance. We will apply under the Clean Energy Fund of Prime Minister's Scheme,'' said a senior RMC official.

RMC is also upgrading this international stadium and hoping to host more cricket matches, league matches and club cricket.


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