Energy-efficient society bags MEDA prize

Energy-efficient society bags MEDA prize

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Pimpri Chinchwad: Roseland Residency, a cooperative housing society of 890 flats in Pimple Saudagar, has been awarded the first prize for energy conservation by the Maharashtra Energy Development Agency (MEDA).

The society changed all its tube lights to LED lights and old motor water pumps to energy efficient ones.

“There were 52 entries in different categories from all over the state. The representatives were grilled and tested by eminent panellists from the agency. Our management team was able answer all their queries and give all the details. Before short-listing the finalist, the panellists sought the last three years’ data for scrutiny to get to the nomination stage. This whole process took two months and then the final presentation was made to the panellists last weekend. We were informed about the results a week ago,” Roseland’s chairman Santosh Maskar said.

The executive committee of the housing society approved a resolution to implement the energy conservation project in December 2012 and work on project one that began in April 2013 will end in July 2016.

“We have changed around 600 to 700 normal tube lights to LED lights. There is a monthly saving of around 10,000 to 12,000 units. Work on project two started six months ago and will continue for another two and half years,” Maskar said.

A private firm conducts the energy audit of the housing society with the help of a subsidy of maximum of Rs 20,000 by MEDA. It signed a contract with the society for three years for reducing the power bill and spent its own money on replacing the heavy energy consuming tube lights, water motor pumps and other equipment with energy-efficient ones.

The money saved in energy bills is being shared for three years by which the company recovers its investment and after three years the energy-saving equipment ownership is transferred to the society.

The company conducted the energy audit and spent Rs 22 lakh on the equipment to reduce energy bills, savings of which are shared between the society and the company.

In July, the society will become the owner of the energy-efficient equipment on its premises, and the company would have recovered its investment.

Speaking to TOI, Hemant Patil, manager, energy conservation, MEDA said there is a trend in the housing sector for constructing big projects, some with 2,000 flats. There is huge consumption of power in such big societies for common lights, pumping, lifts and sewage treatment plants (STPs).

“We can reduce the annual energy consumption up to 30 per cent in such societies using modern technology. This saved energy can be supplied to those houses which do not have power supply. A housing society with 250 flats can save 50,000 units annually which is a big saving. The category of energy conservation in housing societies was started in 2004. There were four entries in this year. The award distribution will be in February,” Patil added.

** In project 1, all conventional tube lights were upgraded to LED. The actual saving was Rs 4.96 lakh. All the pumps were upgraded to high-efficiency pumps, and the savings was Rs 4.8 lakh, per year.

** In project 2, all the 15 bore wells had high efficiency pumps and the savings was Rs 7.2 lakh per annum