Becomes the second temple in Mumbai to adopt solar energy for sustainable future.
April 30, 2017, Mumbai, Shri Krishna Pranami Mandir, a temple belonging to Pranami Dharma situated in Bhuleshwar, Mumbai, has gone solar. The initiative aims are reducing the electricity bills and taking a step that contributes to a greener, sustainable future. This is the second temple in Mumbai to get solar powered after Siddhivinayak temple.
“Shri Krishna Pranami temple has devotees from all over the country visiting and staying here around the year. The lighting, kitchen, room appliances and the overall maintenance require a lot of power consumption. We have decided to adopt solar energy through a rooftop solar power plant that will help us save money on our electricity spends” said Gautam Tulsidas, Honorary Trustee, Shri Krishna Pranami Mandir, Bhuleshwar.
The 8.505 kWp rooftop solar power plant at the temple is being installed by Avishakti Rooftoop Solar Pvt. Ltd., a leading rooftop solar installation company based out of Mumbai. “The temple was spending close to INR 1,50,000 annually towards electricity bills of the vicinity. Through the rooftop solar power plant, around 13,500 units can be generated which will result into annual savings of 1,45,000 INR” says Animesh Manek, Founder & Director, Avishakti Rooftop Solar Pvt Ltd.
The solar power plant at the temple will be commissioned through a net-metering system, which allows surplus power generated by solar panels to be sent into the public grid and 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 the ‘net usage’. Savings on electricity is just one part, the other benefits of a rooftop solar system include a recovery of initial investment within 4 years and a life span of 25 years. Not only this, the installation of rooftop power plant also comes with the advantage of subsidy provided by the Maharashtra government.
“The government has been taking a lot of initiatives to lead people into harnessing solar power like subsidies for rooftop solar plants. For this project, the government has allocated a subsidy of INR 1,50,000 which will be reimbursed within a few months of installation” Animesh said.
And while you get all these bonuses, you do your bit towards the environment. Renewable energy like solar helps in restricting the CO2 emissions thereby facilitating a cleaner atmosphere. “A spiritual enterprise like our temple is a symbol of faith, humanity, and peace. By adopting solar power, we would like to send the message to our devotees to consider renewable energy for a better tomorrow. After all, serving humanity is the true service to God” says Iraben Ruparel, Founder Trustee, Shri Krishna Pranami Mandir, Bhuleshwar.
“It’s a sheer delight to witness a spiritual body adopting futuristic, sustainable means for energy. This truly a revolutionary way of leading by example.” adds Animesh.