Innovative Solar Rooftop Solution for an International Stadium

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About the Client

Inaugurated in 1999, the Yamuna Sports Complex is an international sports complex in New Delhi, India.  It has state-of-the-art facilities for hosting various indoor games including table tennis, boxing and wrestling. The stadium also has a modern gymnasium, clay & synthetic tennis courts, a cricket ground and an astroturf hockey. Owned by the Delhi Development Authority, it was one of the venues for 2010 Commonwealth Games.

Business Need

Stadiums require substantial amount of electricity for its managing operations especially while hosting sports events. Much of the electricity used is produced by burning fossil fuels, such as coal and oil. Indeed, the environmental impacts of large-scale sport events have come under scrutiny and organizations across the world have taken concrete steps towards sustainability initiatives like usage of renewable energy. With an aim to be environmentally responsible by reducing its carbon footprint, DDA initiated a project to install a 400 KWP roof mounted solar plant at the Yamuna Sports Complex, New Delhi.

Solution

Jakson’s scope of work included design, supply, erection, testing, commissioning, warranty, operation & maintenance of 400 KWP roof mounted solar plant at the stadium under the RESCO model.

The project posed a unique challenge to Jakson’s engineering team. The scope of work document clearly stated that piercing of the metal roof would not be permitted in order to maintain the integrity of the stadium structure. The team had to devise an innovative solution for installing the solar panels. The challenge was overcome by Jakson’s engineering team by developing an innovative Klip Lock Solar Mounting Structure and using it to successfully install solar modules on the metal roof.

By design the Klip Lock system allows installation of solar panels on metal or tile roofs without the need of roof penetration. This ingenious product incorporates adjustable tilt legs, enabling additional flexibility in application. Its robust design makes for quick and easy installation of modules and the usage of high quality materials makes it extremely durable and resistant to any weather condition.

In total, 1600 solar modules of 250 Wp capacity were installed at this plant generating approximately 5.84 lakh units of electricity per year. The plant is also enabled with bi-directional net metering feature for sale of power to the grid in case of surplus production. The installation of the solar plant has not only resulted in substantial savings in electricity costs but also considerably reduced the carbon footprint of the facility.

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