Generating power in-house
Several societies in Indirapuram are planning for the future. They are concerned about conserving power in Ghaziabad, which is plagued by frequent power outages While some of them have already installed LED street lights within the complex, others are thinking of generating solar power on their own. Becoming self-sufficient is their mantra.
It is due to the efforts of its RWA members that the Rajhans Kutumb RWA has been selected by the Ghaziabad Development Authority for a pilot project on solid waste management in the trans-Hindon area. The contract will be outsourced to a private vendor who will segregate bio-degradable and bio non-degradable garbage free of cost.
This will help the RWA save around ₹ 5,000 every month. The vendor will be allowed to sell non-degradable items and the degradable garbage will be turned into compost in machines that will be installed within the society premises. The curing process in any case will be done outside the society to minimise the stink. The compost will be sold to a compost manufacturer. This will enable the society to get back 25% of the profits, earned by selling compost to the manufacturer.
“We have already marked out 100 sq ft space for the compost-making plant for the compost manufacturer to install the plant and start work,” says Sharad Jha, president of the RWA. Work on the plant will begin next month. The manufacturer has asked for space, use of water and electricity.
“Ours will be the first society in Ghaziabad to have this facility,” Jha adds. Another initiative that is currently being deliberated upon concerns setting up of solar panels in all high-rise buildings in the area to generate electricity.
There are power outages of at least six to seven hours over here daily. The area has 86 high- rise buildings. If every society with high-rises installs solar power systems in its buildings, it can generate in-house power supply which can then be bought by the RWA.
The cost of generating power in- house will work out to be only ₹ 8 to ₹ 10 per unit compared to the amount currently being spent on generator power (around ₹ 16 to ₹ 17 per unit). This will entail savings of at least 30% to 40%. Such projects can also be outsourced to a private power generating company, Jha adds. Feasibility studies for this power generating project are currently on. Several corporates are being approached for funding.
Going forward, all RWAs in the area should try to be self-reliant, save energy and produce additional energy that can be sold in the market, he adds.
The society is also renovating parks within the complex.
The RWA of Shipra Sun City is planning to run lights in its parks on electricity produced after generating compost. A few days ago it installed at least 200 LED lights within the 50-acre complex to save power. Besides, there are strict rules against cutting trees within the society premises, says Sanjay Singh, president, Shipra Sun City RWA. If your RWA has taken up an interesting initiative to conserve water, power or has problems that need to be resolved urgently, write to us at htestates@hindustantimes. com or connect with us on our Facebook page