In a move that aims to reduce electricity bill along with reducing carbon footprint, a residential complex in Bandra West, Mumbai has installed a miniature version of windmills atop its three buildings.
The wind turbines, which are normally seen in remote and open countryside locations found a new home in Mumbai, which has been installed with the objective of generating clean energy.
The three turbines installed in the society can collectively produce 9 KW of electricity in a day, enough to run lights in the common areas of the society (corridors, parking, stairwells) for 12 hours.
The three buildings in the complex – Champang, Nawagam and Kalol – each have 18 flats.
According to residents of the society, the turbines are part of a hybrid system that also includes solar panels. “The system will help us pare down our power bill by Rs 6,000 every month,” said T R Sudhir, the secretary of the society, which houses employees of ONGC.
The wind turbines and solar panels were installed on their rooftops earlier this month. A senior ONGC official said that the company had borne the entire cost of Rs 20 lakh. Mohan Reddy, the deputy general manager of ONGC’s corporate communication said that since such power generation systems were not only eco-friendly, but also cost-effective, hence the corporation would sponsor similar hybrid systems at other ONGC colonies in the city and country.