Gurgaon: Wellington Estate gets 200 kWp Solar power plant
The upscale Wellington Estate in DLF 5 has commissioned a 200 kWp Solar Power Plant that will supplement the already installed 1800 KW grid supply connection from Dakshin Haryana Bijli Vitaran Nigam (DHBVN).
With the installation of the solar plant, the society will save more than ₹20 lakh per annum on common area electricity expenditure, at least for the next 25 years. The society had already switched all its common area lighting to LEDs, much before this installation, said a RWA member.
The implementation will be more beneficial during peak summer, as the city’s electricity demand averages around 1300 MW per day and there is shortage of 350 MW, as per DHBVN officials.
“It took four months to get the plant installed, We had been working towards it for a long time. We wanted to invest in a project which would give us maximum output for longer period,” Vineet Bagga, president, RWA, said.
The project has been funded by internal savings and accumulated reserves, without any additional contributions from residents or funding from any financial institution. The project has been approved for government subsidy by Haryana Renewable Energy Development Agency (HAREDA), the state nodal agency to implement MNRE-sponsored renewable energy initiatives.
“Now the entire common area is connected to solar plant. Earlier, our monthly electricity bill used to be approximately around ₹4 lakh a month, but now it will be reduce to 25-30%. The plant will be help us save money,” Ajay Jain, secretary, RWA, Wellington Estate, said.
Recently, the Wellington RWA had installed a uniquely designed rain water harvesting system with a capacity to store 40,000 liters of rainwater for charging groundwater. The rainwater received is diverted to water harvesting wells and helps replenish the groundwater levels. The RWA intends to add more wells, if needed, in the future to utilise 100% rainwater during the monsoon.
The RWA plans to make Wellington Estate zero waste society by installing a composting plant in-house to process 100% of the biodegradable waste generated in the complex.
Wellington Estate was established in year 2002. There are seven towers with 555 apartments spread across 6 acres.