At a time when electricity costs have sky rocketed, Sandeep Sonigra, head of the Orange County Foundation in Pune has successfully reduced his home’s energy bills to as little as Rs 200 a month.
Speaking at a seminar organised by the Cricket Club of India (CCI) on Tueday, Sonigra said that the hybrid power plant installed at the Orange County residential complex in Pune could be installed for any multi-storey building in Mumbai.
The two windmills and 90 solar panels installed on each of the two buildings in the complex make them one of India's first energy self-sufficient multi-storey buildings.
"Along with water heating, the green electricity generated by the plant can cater to basic lighting and cooling needs of a household. Only excess demand is taken from the regular electricity sources," said Sonigra, who promotes energy efficient electrical fittings.
The talk was part of CCI's initiative to promote environmental sustainability within the club. "As a part of our ‘Club Social Responsibility' we have started rainwater harvesting and are looking to make the club energy self-sufficient by installing solar panels," said Harry Arora, head of CCI's Green Committee.
Along with energy self-sufficiency, the group also discussed effective waste management. "A terracotta composting pot can be an aesthetic replacement to your dustbin and can convert your kitchen waste to manure over a period of time," said Anil Ranglani, head of Sunsaar, an organisation working with energy conservation and waste management.