India: Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike goes green

BANGALORE: The Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike has decided to go green in all earnestness. It has decided to install mini windmills and solar hybrid machines atop its newly inaugurated building at its headquarters in NR Square.

It has got in touch with a private energy company which has pioneered lighting up the city municipal corporation in Madikeri and cut short electricity bills of the Chamrajnagar district deputy commissioner’s office using alternative sources of energy.

The company is preparing a feasibility report on BBMP’s proposal and is studying the building, its height and wind speed on the terrace.

Sources in the know said that six mini hybrid generators may be installed atop the building to generate half the load that is consumed.

“There were some hiccups on the height of the windmills, but the hybrid machine has a shorter windmill, designed particularly for fitting atop terraces of high-rises in crowded places,” said KHL Raya, CEO,Deepa Solar Lighting Systems.

He said a 2.1 Kilo Watt hybrid machine will cost over Rs5 lakh and if used for six to seven hours in a day continuously, it can generate up to 1,000 watts.

“But we always suggest that along with solar or wind or such hybrid generators, LED lights should be used for lighting. If sodium vapour lights are used, power consumption will not go down. Besides, the life of sodium vapour lights is less than LED,” said Raya.

The civic body is also contemplating a pilot project to light up the street lights on select roads, Old Airport Road to begin with, by LED using the hybrid machines.

“Solar power is mandatory in all government buildings and we have also started to adopt these renewable measures for the new building. But I am not quite sure if we can install mini windmills right now,” said MK Shankarlinge Gowda, commissioner, BBMP.

Source: The Times of India

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