18-06-2017 05:30 AM | MIND Correspondent | My Indian Dream
Minara Masjid at Mohammad Ali Road has installed solar power plant to generate electricity.
The month of Ramzan is known for extensive lightings and a holy period for celebration. In Mumbai, many mosques are decked up in green lights and shine high during this holy month. Looking at the shining lights, the first thing coming to mind is about the electricity bill. Giving a novel thought to the huge bills, the iconic Minara Masjid located at Mohammad Ali Road has made its way to green energy. Being one of the first holy shrines to set-up solar power plant, this Masjid has reduced its total electricity bill to half. This Masjid installed a 15-kilowatt power solar panel on its rooftop and has reduced the electricity bill.
Abdul Wahab, trustee, Minara Masjid Trust said, “After the installation of the meter and other amenities, the entire system started functioning from February.” He further added, “Our monthly electricity bill has cut down to Rs25,000 as opposed to Rs50,000 that we had to pay before the solar power installation. We have already saved a lakh in four months by going green.”
Lights, fans and air conditioners at all common areas within the mosque are powered by solar power, said Wahab. While many temples in the city like Siddhivinayak, The International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON), Shri Krishna Pranami Mandir in Bhuleshwar have already adopted the use of green energy, Minara Masjid is the first mosque in the city to adopt the same change to save load on electricity.
“Apart from the monetary savings, the idea is to tell devotees about the importance of reduction in carbon emissions from the environment,” said Wahab. “We have been approached by almost 10 different mosques and churches over the past four months to understand how we installed the solar setup. We hope that the efforts are replicated and moving to solar becomes a mass movement, at least for all religious institutions in the city.”
A total of 46 solar panels were installed at the masjid in January that generates 45 kilowatt-hours (kWh) to 70 kWh solar power per day.
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