Siddhivinayak Temple in Mumbai Earns `40,000 Per Month through Solar Rooftops

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Moving away from the usual carbonemitting process of using electricity generated from burning coal and gas, one of the popular temples in Mumbai has gone the solar way and reduced their monthly electricity bill by 30 per cent. The two century-old Shree Siddhivinayak Ganapati temple at Prabhadevi has been saving 40,000 per month for the last four years. A 20 kWh solar rooftop project, comprising 72 panels on top of the five-storey Prathisthalaya temple building is used to power lights and fans on every floor, reducing their dependency on the grid.

A Mumbai house with two bedrooms on an average uses around 8–10 kWh power every day. “With lakhs of devotees visiting our temple every day, our attempt is to encourage them towards taking up renewable sources of energy so that the carbon-footprint on the city’s environment can be reduced,” said Narendra Rane, Chairman, Shree Siddhivinayak Ganapati Temple Trust adding that the temple complex uses only power-efficient LED lights. “We have plans to install a 100 kWh project across remaining parts of the temple to reduce 100 per cent dependency from the grid in the next two years.”