According to reports, the Sardar Patel Stadium in Khammam has attained a unique distinction of embracing solar energy in a big way to meet its lighting needs.
As many as 50 energy efficient solar powered LED streetlights have been installed all along the nearly 900-metre-long walking track of the stadium recently.
A 5-KW solar power pack has been installed in the stadium to harness solar power to cater to varied lighting needs of the stadium, housing a spacious walking track, administrative block and a host of sporting facilities including shuttle badminton academy.
The solar power pack system and 50 solar LED streetlights have been set up in the stadium at an estimated cost of Rs.14.9 lakh under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission (JNNSM).
The Sardar Patel stadium in the town is the first stadium in the entire Telangana to have such a big solar power system, says G.S.V. Prasad, District Manager, the New and Renewable Energy Development Corporation of Andhra Pradesh (NREDCAP).
The Central government has extended Rs. 3.9 lakh subsidy under the JNNSM and the remaining expenditure of the solar power pack encompassing 20 panels and 50 LED streetlights was borne by the Sports Authority of Andhra Pradesh.
The initiative will not only help conserve energy but save power bills and cope with power shortage, he asserts.
The solar streetlights would be of immense help to the budding players of various sports academies in the stadium as well as those who take stroll on the walking track of the sports ground early in the morning and late in the evening, remarks Sitaram, a resident of VDO’s colony.