Pune: Taking a positive step towards conservation of energy, the Pune Mahanagar Parivahan Mahamandal Limited (PMPML) has installed four windmills opposite its headquarters at Swargate, thereby saving nearly 30 to 40 per cent of its electricity bills from last two months.
The windmills on the rooftop of Swargate bus depot is generating 90 units of electricity per day, which has brought down the electricity bills drastically, as the office needs 300 units of electricity per day.
According to an official of PMPML, “Four windmills have been installed on the bus depot in front of the head office and electricity is being saved on a large scale. The 35 kilowatt windmills are generating 90 units per day, and have been funded from city MP Anil Shirole’s fund.”
“Shirole had provided Rs 1.15 crore for the project in May 2017. Around 32,400 units have been generated from May 2017 to May 2018. Through the windmills, the PMPML administration is saving around 30-40 per cent of electricity this year,” he said.
Windmills and solar panels are proving to be very beneficial to PMPML for generating electricity. This electricity is used for lights, fans and other requirements at the office.
There is a one-time investment on such projects, which are built in the minimum area at the bus depots, however, it has facilitated a permanent solution for electricity generation for the transport body.
More electricity is generated in summer as the wind speed is higher, however, due to the lack of sunshine, there is currently a hurdle in the process. The PMPML has been giving more emphasis to generate electricity through windmills these days,” he said.
Shirole said, “Four windmills have been set up at the cost of Rs 1.15 crore and it will help PMPML to save electricity costs.”