A Bright Future: BMC to install solar panels atop its Worli building

In a first-of-its kind project, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) announced its plans to install solar panels on its Worli building. Subsequently, the civic body will install solar panels across all its offices

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In an attempt to make renewable energy, a viable option for power consumption, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) is all set to install solar panels atop the roof of its engineers’ hub building in Worli. 

Accordingly, if the move yields suitable results, the civic body is planning to replicate it across all its offices. The four-storey engineers hub building will be the first BMC office to partially switch to a renewable energy source.

Currently, the Worli building requires 750 kWp of electricity to power the ACs, lights, elevators, fire system, and the BMC pays close to ₹2 crore in monthly power bills to the Brihanmumbai Electric Supply and Transport (BEST).

Therefore, BMC will now spend around ₹2.19 crore to install the solar panels on the building's roof which will also consist of maintenance and operations for the upcoming five years. Reportedly, the panels will be set up across an area admeasuring 4,500 sq. metres and will generate 360 kilowatt-peak (kWp) which is expected to be enough to power the lights and elevators.

The move is said to slash down the monthly electricity bill by roughly 30 per cent. In regard to the savings, officials estimate to recover the cost of the project in the next five years. 

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