Sunny outlook for India
26.10.2016 – How the Metro rail system in Delhi and a cricket ground in Bangalore are gearing up for green energy – a report from the ‘akzente’ magazine.
With its 1.3 billion inhabitants, India plays a key role in worldwide efforts to curb global warming. On behalf of the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety, the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH is supporting India in building up the market for solar power in large metropolitan areas and centres of industry. A number of innovators are already putting their trust in the power of the sun. The ‘akzente’ magazine reports on the progress being made.
‘As soon as we realised that solar power makes economic sense, we decided to act ourselves,‘ says Anoop Kumar Gupta, Director of Delhi Metro Rail Corporation. The Metro in the Indian capital is the only suburban rail system in the world that covers part of its energy requirements through solar power. The M. Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore is another pioneer. A large solar power plant has been installed on the roof of the cricket stadium, and the local association is saving EUR 60,000 a year on its electricity bill.