Recently in Vartak Nagar, Shree Ayyappa Temple has installed solar panels for dealing with its energy requirements, making it the first solar powered shrine in Thane while there are many in Mumbai already.
The 41-panel rooftop occupies 110 square meters. The plant can generate 19,700 kilowatts an hour annually; on reckoning it is 54kWh daily. The plant will support lights, fans, air conditioners, and water pump, which is expected to save 2.60 Lakhs per year.
M Ravindran, president of Shree Ayyappa Temple Trust said that its their contribution to better community and environment, as solar energy is there to tackle climate change as well.
The best part about solar energy is that it is free, non-polluting and never ending. The coal, gas or oil used in energy harnessing plants emits Carbon Dioxide that in turn causes Green House effect. The heat gets trapped and temperature raises that lead to melting of ice-fields, rise in sea levels and climate change.
Temple Trust estimates to prevent emission of 17.72 tons of Carbon-Dioxide annually. Research says that 18kWh of solar energy prevents emission of 500g of carbon dioxide.
Around 8.95 Lakh rupees were spent on installation of the plant and they expect they will recover this within two and a half years. Solar plants come with high initial investments but can be far more beneficial in the long run and the temple will see it in electricity bills now.
The plant is On-Grid if there is any surplus then it will be transferred back to the grid and if there is a deficiency then temple will have to pay for it. When rain or clouds takes on the sky this method is there to complete the energy requirements.
Thane Municipal Commissioner Sameer Unhale praises the efforts of temple trust in harnessing solar energy. He says that it is a good step towards making Thane the first zero-energy municipal corporation.
What should you care about?
As solar energy is free and there are no carbon dioxide emissions. We can save the planet from the harm caused by Green House effect which is an effect of power plants that use Coal and other oils to generate electricity.
Solar energy plants can be installed in remote areas where electricity is not much accessible moreover, sunlight in such areas is also better. Just imagine we have a source for unlimited energy.
Other Solar Endeavors
Shree Sidhivinayak Ganpati temple of Prabhadevi has been saving 40,000 INR per month for the last four years. There are 72 panels in 3,000 square feet generating sufficient energy.
Minara masjid of South Mumbai saves half of its electricity bills owing to the 46 number of 15kWh of solar panels. This generates about 45 to 70kWh solar power daily.
There is a 8.5kWp solar panel installed in Shri Krishna Pranami Mandir in Bhuwaneshwar with 27 panels generating around 13,500 units a year.
A fusion of both 15kWp to 10kWp solar panels are installed in Zakaria Masjid that also houses an Urdu Medium school in South Mumbai. Certainly the school is powered by it.