Se­cond city tem­ple gets so­lar pan­els

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - - FRONT PAGE - Badri Chat­ter­jee

Af­ter Sid­dhiv­inayak tem­ple set up so­lar pan­els to meet its power needs, a Kr­ishna shrine in Bhulesh­war will be­come the se­cond tem­ple in the city to use the sun for elec­tric­ity.

Shri Kr­ishna Pranami Mandir in­stalled an 8.5 kilo­watt power (kwp) so­lar fa­cil­ity on its rooftop. It has 27 pan­els, which can gen­er­ate 35 to 45 units daily — about 13,500 units in a year. The project will be in­au­gu­rated on Mon­day. An av­er­age house­hold uses be­tween 8 and 10 units daily.

The tem­ple spends about Rs1.5 lakh on power, an­nu­ally. “Devo­tees from all over the coun­try visit our tem­ple and stay here round the year. The over­all main­te­nance con­sumes a lot of power,” said Gau­tam Tul­si­das, hon­orary trustee of the tem­ple. “Adopt­ing so­lar en­ergy will help us save on our elec­tric­ity spends.”

The two cen­tury old Sid­dhivi so­lar in 2013. They have been sav­ing Rs 40,000 a month for the past four-and-a-half years with their 20 kwp so­lar rooftop project, com­pris­ing 72 pan­els spread across 3 000 square feet de­pen­dency from the grid by next year by adding to our setup to gen­er­ate an­other 100kwp power,” said Naren­dra Rane, chair­man, Shree Sid­dhiv­inayak Gana­p­ati Tem­ple Trust Bhulesh­war tem­ple also uses a net-me­ter­ing sys­tem, which al­lows sur­plus power to be sent back to the grid. Any de­fi­ciency is im­ported from the grid. At the end of a fi­nan­cial year, the tem­ple is charged by the elec­tri­cal power sup­plier only for its net us­age.

Ac­cord­ing to Avishakti Rooftop So­lar Pvt Ltd that set up the project, the tem­ple spent Rs6.8 lakh to ac­quire so­lar fa­cil­i­ties. “Sav­ing on elec­tric­ity is just one as­pect of the project. The ini­tial in­vest­ment will be re­cov­ered within four years and the project has a life­span of 25 years,” said An­imesh Manek, founder and di­rec­tor, Avishakti So­lar. “The gov­ern­ment has al­lo­cated Rs1.5 lakh as sub­sidy for the project.”

Tem­ple au­thor­i­ties said that us­ing en­ergy gen­er­ated from re­new­able sources will help re­strict car­bon emis­sions. “We would like to send a mes­sage to our devo­tees so that they con­sider re­new­able en­ergy for a bet­ter to­mor­row,” said Iraben Ru­parel founder trustee Shri

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The priest of Shri Kr­ishna Pranami Mandir and mem­bers of Avishakti Rooftop So­lar Pvt Ltd with the in­stalled so­lar pan­els.

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