Solar Rooftop Plants on 1000 Apartment Complexes in Bengaluru in Two Years
Bescom MD C Shikha and Mayor Gangambike Mallikarjun launched the rooftop solar project mooted by the Bangalore Apartments Federation (BAF) at the inaugural of the programme, Bengaluru Apartments Making Bengaluru Operationally Outstanding and Sustainable (BAMBOOS). The aim is to ensure solar rooftop plants on at least 1,000 apartment complexes across the city in two years.
At the meet, a citywide rooftop solar initiative in apartments was launched. Later both Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP), Bescom and BAF agreed to collaborate to achieve a target of at least 1,000 rooftop solar implementations in apartments over the next two years. With solar rooftops, huge cost savings is possible, which would reduce the electricity bills significantly and by using a renewable source of energy, which is free and infinite, the society is contributing to the environment. Rooftop solar has the additional benefits of the long life of over 25 years, simple and easy to maintain, makes better use of under-utilised real estate, and with no safety issues of either smoke or noise pollution, or any need for fuel procurement. Outlining the objectives of BAMBOOS, Srikanth Narasimhan, General Secretary of BAF, said, “BAMBOOS is a platform for apartments & Resident Welfare Associations (RWAs) communities across Bengaluru to share best practices with each other with a view to implementing all these measures in every apartment & RWA community”.
Talking about the event, Vikram Rai, Treasurer of BAF, explained, “The event saw the participation of hundreds of apartment complexes which have initiated measures to help build a better Bengaluru. Children and residents of apartment complexes talked about these practical initiatives in the stalls and during the sessions. The sessions and the discussions were only around practical initiatives implemented for people to learn from one another”. Apartments have been contributing a lot to the sustainability of Bengaluru by implementing pioneering initiatives in water, waste & energy management.
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