While many religious institutions in Mumbai have installed solar power systems to reduce their dependence on electricity produced by coal and gas, the Shree Ayyappa temple in Vartak Nagar is the first shrine in Thane to tap the sun for its energy needs.
Spread across 6,000 square metres, the temple, which was founded in 1989, installed a 41-panel rooftop solar power plant across 110 sq m last week.
The plant generates 19,700 kilowatts an hour (kWh) of electricity annually or 54kWh electricity daily. For comparison, a two-bedroom apartment in Mumbai needs 8kWh of power daily. With a capacity of 12.71 kilowatt power (kWp), the plant can supply all the electricity the temple needs in a year.
The temple’s lights, fans, air conditioners, and water pump function on solar energy. The temple expects to save Rs2.60 lakh a year, said members of the temple trust. Read More…