Gen­er­at­ing power in-house

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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

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