Shirdi’s Next Step: A Mega Solar Power Plant

Shirdi is taking the path towards green and renewable energy. The temple is now planning to set up a mega power generation plant of around 10 Megawatts very soon.

The trust has even gone ahead and given the technical approval for this project. The trust chairman Mr. Suresh Hawre stated that Shirdi temple has always been on the lookout for some really innovative ways for bringing down all of its overhead costs.

After the major success of solar kitchen, the team is now aiming to have a solar power plant, which will actually fulfill all of the electricity requirements of the temple and also the solar projects. The solar plant will be generating the required electricity for the temple, residential areas, all the surrounding schools, super specialty hospitals and also the food distribution complexes. In case that is not enough, the plant will be supplying more electricity to this state’s power distribution firm.

The technical lead of this solar kitchen project stated that the solar panels will basically be spread across nearly 10 to 12 acres in the nearby areas of Shirdi. After it is completed, the plant will then become Maharashtra’s biggest solar energy project. The power plant will actually make this temple completely independent when it comes to the energy requirements.

Shirole, the Technical Lead stated that the solar energy will be used to meet all the power requirements of the temple, which includes 500 air conditioned rooms in all of the residential complexes, many ICUs as well as the IICUs in the hospitals. It will support the high-power consuming appliances in the kitchen, high capacity motors as well as all the lighting arrangements in the temple. Shirole is confident that this plant will go on to become a landmark solar energy project in the nation.

This is not the first time that Shirdi has been in news for a useful cause. Sometime in the year 2009, Shirdi had set up the globe’s biggest solar steam system. This solar system was inaugurated by Farooq Abdullah, who was the New & Renewable Energy Minister then. This was designed mainly for cooking food for all the devotees who visit this holy Shirdi temple.

By setting up the solar-based cooker at a huge cost of 1.33 crore, the organizers were able to cook food for approximately 20K people each day and the staff incurred very cheap cost on the fuel. At that time, the Central Government had actually granted a subsidy of around INR 59 lakh so that Shirdi Sansthanan could easily save about 1 lakh Kg of LPG each year, which could easily cost around INR 20 Lakhs.

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