Exorbitant running costs often undermine sustained voluntary effort. Too often, NGO’s find that the costs of running their establishment, such as, retaining their slender staff and paying electricity bills soon becomes a major bottleneck for these organizations and distracts them from the pertinent issues that they set out to address. Well planned and sustainable initiatives that help NGO’s minimize their running costs therefore, not only enable these organizations to futher their cause, but also ensure that the public money is well spent.
We have analyzed the electricity unit consumption and associated costs for Bal Sahyog shelter home- a shelter home and schooling facility for homeless children located in Connaught place, New Delhi and propose the use of solar panels coupled with more energy efficient appliances, to significantly reduce their electricity running cost. Our model involves an estimated one time capital investment of Rs.56,62,250 to set up the rooftop solar panels and replace old and inefficient electrical appliances with more efficient appliances. In turn, the electrical power generated from the solar modules will not only be sufficient for their current day time consumption, but the surplus units could be supplied back to the electricity grid as part of the net metering scheme.
Bal Sahyog will save an estimated Rs. 4,87,500 per annum, which they could use to support around 6 more children for the entire year. In addition, with the use of energy efficient appliances and solar modules, we save on power which would otherwise have come from non-renewable energy sources. Below is a summary of the project -
(1) About Bal Sahyog
Bal Sahyog is a social welfare organization registered under the Societies Registration Act 1860. The Department of Social Welfare, Government of NCT of Delhi has recognized Bal Sahyog as a Children Home for children in need of care and protection under the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2000. It was founded by late prime minister Smt. Indira Gandhi in 1954 to look into the need, care, protection and rehabilitation of neglected, orphan, helpless and abandoned children. The Patron of Bal Sahyog is ex-officio the Prime Minister of India.
Bal Sahyog protects the rights of children from socially and economically weaker sections by rescuing them from difficult circumstances, providing them shelter, accommodation, food, nutrition, health care and education. It also provides vocational training in computer technology, beauty culture and tailoring. The home shelter located in Connaught Place, New Delhi caters to the needs of 125 children and youth, and is housed over an area of 1.67 acres. The facilities include -
(1) Residential facility for 100 children and open shelter for 25 children ensuring above 40 sq. ft. space per child as per norms of juvenile justice act.
(2) One eight bedded dispensary, see Fig (1.1).
(3) One middle school recognized and aided by Directorate of education, Government of NCT, Delhi which provides education to boys from 6th to 8th standard. Apart from separate classrooms, there is separate space for office, library and computer room, see Fig (1.1).
(4) A well equipped kitchen and mess, see Fig (1.1).
(5) One women's training center.
Please visit their website for more details : http://www.balsahyog.org.in/whatwedo_activities.htm
(2) Proposed Location of Solar Rooftop
Refer to Fig (2.1) for the proposed location for installing solar panels at Bal Sahyog shelter home. There are two open and easily accessible rooftops (shown in blue) with clear shadow free sunlight: the one on the top-left is the roof area over kitchen and mess while the one on the bottom-right is the rooftop over children's dormitory. Both sites offer clear shadow free area, with a combined area of over 600 sq meters, which is sufficient to set up 65 KWp solar panels.
For Further details and a detailed project proposal, please email [email protected]