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Mumbai cricket stadium claims first with solar energy project

The Cricket Club of India (CCI) has installed what is claimed to be the world’s largest solar rooftop structure at a cricket stadium.

Located at the Brabourne Stadium in Mumbai, the CCI has partnered with Tata Power Solar for the project.

Tata said the installation of the solar rooftop project will help to generate over 1.12 million units of electricity per year, which will lead to a 25 per cent saving in power consumption cost.

A total of 2,280 solar panels have been installed on the circular roof of the public stands at the 25,000-capacity Brabourne Stadium, which is now mainly used for first-class rather than international matches.

Excluding flood lighting, the stadium currently consumes 400,000kWh of energy per month, but this is expected to drop to around 300,000kWh with the addition of solar power. Tata said CCI will also be able to curb the emission of over 840 tonnes of carbon dioxide annually.

Premal Udani, president of CCI, and Rakesh Kapoor, vice-chairman of the club’s infrastructure and green technology committee, said: “We continuously look at projects which promote renewable energy focus, and are glad to partner with Tata Power Solar to execute this landmark project for us.

“They have delivered on the promise of the brand Tata. We have set an example to use rooftop space in the stadiums to help protect the environment.”

Image: Suryanarayan Ganesh