How One Mumbai Society’s Electricity Bills Dropped To INR 350 From INR 20,000

The Retired Airforce Squadrons Who Installed Solar Energy Panels At Their Building
The Retired Airforce Squadrons Who Installed Solar Energy Panels At Their Building The Hindustan Times

Imagine if your electricity bill cost you as much as an average meal? Or even less? Solar energy has been around for a while and more and more people are availing its benefits; for the environment and economically for themselves. This particular success story that ditches fossil fuels for renewable energy will definitely encourage you to make that healthy switch!

According to this report by Hindustan Times, three retired Air Force squadrons PK Purushe, AC Kalele and BS Rathode installed 40 solar panels atop their 14-storey Trishul Cooperative Housing Society (CHS) at Lokhandwala in November 2016. Their initiative has been declared a massive success with their monthly bills being dropped by 98%; from ₹20,000 to ₹350 a month! The cost of the solar project was ₹8.38 lakh. The solar energy generated currently powers lights at the staircases, water pumps and common areas in the housing society.

According to this report by the The Better India the panels that are spread across 1,000 sqft generate about 40 kilowatt hour (kW-h) electricity per day. Generally, a city house with two bedrooms on an average uses 8 to 10 kW-h electricity daily. Sishir Garemella, founder and chief executive officer of Sunvest Energy Private Limited, says that the power generated by the solar panels can be as high as 63kW-h on a sunny day, and can drop to 15 kW-h per day during the monsoons.

Purushe, who was in-charge of operations across the Northeast during the two wars told Hindustan Times,“Apart from reducing electricity bills, we wanted to leave something behind for the future generations and make them understand the importance of harnessing energy from the sun.”

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