Oorjan Cleantech Installs Rooftop Solar at Mumbai’s Housing Society

Highlights :

  • Oorjan Cleantech has installed 100-kW rooftop solar plant at a housing society in Bhandup, Mumbai.

  • This project is expected to save Rs 20 lac per year for the society and the green impact is expected to be equivalent to planting 4,500 teak wood trees, as per the company.

Solar company Oorjan Cleantech has recently installed over 230 solar panels, with a capacity of about 100 kWp, over 7500 square feet shadow free area in Mahavir Universe Phoenix Society, Bhandup — one of Mumbai’s high-rise housing societies.

Setup in 60 days 

The company installed German mono-crystalline panels with 400 watt capacity per head. It completed the installation process in 60 days and the expected payback period for the society to recover the installation costs is said to be 3 years. Excess solar power produced by the society will be exported to the grid under net metering, and appropriate adjustments will be made in the electricity bill against the power consumed.

The IITians-led company credits its bringing solar technology, data and financing under one roof as an important reason for being chosen for the project.

The company believes that residential building users must be encouraged to adopt rooftop solar PV if India is to achieve its ambitious target of deploying 100GW solar capacity by 2022, out of which 40% is expected to come from rooftop solar.

Savings 

Oorjan previously installed solar projects across towers in Dheeraj Dream. “This project is expected to save Rs 20 lac every year for the society and the green impact is equivalent to planting 4,500 teak wood trees. We have 1500 customers across in India and committed to reach 10,000 soon,” said Gautam Das, Co-founder and CEO, Oorjan Cleantech Private Limited.

While environmental campaigns have been targeting households, new studies are suggesting that airports would be an even better option to harness maximum sunlight. For instance, researchers at RMIT University (The Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology) recently discovered that if large-scale solar panels were installed at Australian government-owned airports, they would have generated 10 times more electricity than the city’s 17,000 residential panels while offsetting 151.6 kilotons of greenhouse gasses annually.

Rooftop Potential Elsewhere

This applies to Indian airports as well, where the nodal airport management agency, the Airports Authority of India (AAI) manages over 130 airports nationally and private sector entities manage massive airports in Delhi, Mumbai, Hyderabad, etc. Cochin International Airport Ltd (CIAL) is a good example as it is the world’s first 100% solar-powered airport.

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Soumya Duggal

Soumya is a master's degree holder in English, with a passion for writing. It's an interest she has directed towards environmental writing recently, with a special emphasis on the progress being made in renewable energy.

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