Green Wicket

Project description

Title: Green Wicket
Commissioned by: German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)
Country: India
Lead executing agency: Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE), Government of India
Overall term: 2016 to 2018



Cricket is in the hearts of millions of Indians and thus qualifies to be the best channel to promote eco awareness and motivate people to adopt green measures to contribute to protecting the environment. The ‘Green Wicket Project’ designed by Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH is one such initiative to promote - ‘Resource Efficiency and Energy Management’ among the masses in India by first setting examples within the stadia and cricket fraternity. 

The ‘Green Wicket’ project consists of four major eco-themes – Energy, Water, Waste and Sanitation. Under this project, GIZ provides the technical support to the stadia to implement measures under the above four themes. Thereby helping the stadia to implement Solar Rooftop Power Plants- producing Green Energy and reduction in power bills, Conserving Water – Rain Water Harvesting and Waste Water Recycle Systems, effective Waste Management - recycle and utilisation of waste along with Bio-gas/bio-methanation plant. Chinnaswamy Stadium at Bengaluru, Karnataka is one of the first stadia which has successfully implemented measures under this project. A 400 kilowatt-peak (kWp) Solar Rooftop PV system has been installed on the stadium roof of Chinnaswamy Stadium. 


In India, awareness on green technologies has increased by upscaling the concept of ‘Green Wicket’ to stadia across the country.


Under the second phase of the Green Wicket project, GIZ intends to provide technical support to up to three other cricket stadia. GIZ’s Indo-German Energy Programme will lead this project and provide technical support to the following major activities:

Energy Management: 

  • Analysis of the existing roof structure of the stadium for strength and safety perspective for Solar PV feasibility 
  • Assessment of the implementable potential inside the stadium campus boundary including the roofs, parking lots etc.
  • Suggestions on the plans from architectural and aesthetic viewpoints 
  • Technical specifications of the component utilised for constructing the solar plant 
  • Monitoring of parameters on electronic display boards 
  • Vendor selection and tendering support 

Resource Efficiency: 

  • Technical feasibility study for rain water harvesting and recharge system for conserving the rain water 
  • Technical feasibility study for waste water treatment facility and treated water recycling potential
  • Technical recommendations for solid waste management within the stadia

Awareness campaigns: 

  • Support awareness campaigns especially in schools and educational institutions to install rainwater harvesting systems, solar PVs, wastewater treatment, sanitation systems, and waste management measures. Students will be motivated to audit these systems, carry out performance evaluation of these measures, and devise innovative methods of resource efficiency


  • Major stadia across India have been sensitised through workshops and capacity building. 
  • Memoranda of understanding (MoU) have been signed by GIZ and various State Cricket Associations and technical support has been provided under various themes of the Green Wicket project.