According to reports, with growing shortage of power supply and prolonged outages, residents of Gurgaon are gradually starting to depend on a more reliable alternative — solar power.
Residents have begun contributing in their own ways in the upmarket colonies and condominiums in the city and are showing interest to install solar panels which can be used as power backup systems during outages, among others.
Dr Suranjana Rai Luthra, a PhD in Physics from IIT Delhi residing in DLF Phase-II, has installed a solar water heater and a solar-powered inverter system at her home.
“This is a totally eco-friendly technology and helps significantly in saving electricity. The expenses of installation can be recovered within two years because the government is providing us with a lot of incentives and discounts. All things considered, this is really the need of the hour to start using solar energy and save electricity,” she said.
She is also on a green campaign, motivating neighbours to make switch to using solar energy. She has approached RWAs, builders and the condominiums for installation of solar panels in their complexes.
“I have been approaching people to make the best use of the solar energy available and start with the solar garden lights which get charged in the daytime and light up in the dark. One can surprisingly reduce the electricity bills up to 40% by using a few solar appliances,” she said.
Meanwhile, in order to encourage more and more people to switch to alternative resources, the state through Haryana Renewable Energy Development Agency (HAREDA) is promoting the use of solar appliances.
As many as 1,412 solar water heating systems has been installed in the state resulting in saving around 18.13 million kilowatt of electricity annually, according to official records.