Pune’s Nine Hills switches on to solar power
The city’s largest residential rooftop solar power plant, with a capacity of 120 kwp, was inaugurated by mayor Mukta Tilak on January 27.pune Updated: Jan 30, 2018 17:21 IST
The city’s largest residential rooftop solar power plant, with a capacity of 120 kwp, was inaugurated by mayor Mukta Tilak on January 27.
“This is largest solar plant on a residential premises in Pune that I have inaugurated,” she said at the inaugural ceremony, at the Nine Hills co-operative housing society, at the NIBM annexe.
This society has 322 flats with 1,600 members residing here.
Since October 2015, residents have been paying exorbitant electricity bills.
“We used to get a monthly bill of approximately ₹3 lakh for the society, now with the solar plant, we will reduce consumption and pay only about ₹1.75 lakh per month for usage,” said society chairman Kusai Goawala.
As a chartered accountant (CA), while visiting one of his clients in Kharadi, he noticed the use of solar panels in a school which gave him the idea.
Residents agreed to it wholeheartedly and the installation contract was awarded to Aegasun Energy.
The work began in August and was completed in December 2017.
“This is a 120 capacity kwp rooftop solar power plant, which is installed on terraces of four towers C, D, E and F - to have easy connectivity to the transformer and for centralised cabling throughout the society, which is six towers,” Goawala explains.
The residents are also following segregation of waste as per PMC norms.
“We are proud to be part of this successful launch and we are able to add value to the eco-friendly way of living which is driven by the PMC.
“With this particular project, even other societies have approached us and shown keen interest in implementing a similar kind of project,” Binu George, resident and committee member, said.
The electricity generated is based on net metering consumption, where this energy will be sourced through MSEDCL.
“This will not only enable reducing pollution, but also entail savings in terms of electricity cost to the society,” says Alpesh Shah, secretary of the society.
The solar plant was constructed at a cost of about ₹55 lakh and after considering a subsidy received from Maharashtra Energy Development Agency (MEDA), Nine Hills has spent ₹23 lakh.