Places of worship to go solar in Telangana State

Hyderabad: A plan of providing solar energy to the places of worship has been proposed to the CM K. Chandrasekhar Rao. If this plan of Telangana State Renewable Energy Development Corporation (TSREDCO) works out, several religious places across the State will soon go solar.

According to TSREDCO chairman Syed Abdul Aleem, a few days ago had suggested that all mosques under the State Wakf Board and major temples under the Endowments Department be equipped with solar panels to draw power, reports Telangana Today.

“The Chief Minister has responded positively and has asked the officials concerned to check the feasibility of installing solar systems on the roofs of religious institutions,” said Aleem.
“We have also sought a report from the Wakf Board and Endowment Department on the annual energy consumption by mosques and temples. According to our rough energy audit, the government can save more than Rs.3,000 crore per annum by installing solar energy equipment in all religious places,” he said.

“There are more than 3,000 mosques in the State and thousands of temples. We could save money as well as promote the use of renewable energy by implementing energy efficiency initiatives in religious institutions,” Aleem said, adding that religious places could also encourage devotees to use solar energy.

The Government of India is giving a 30 per cent subsidy to those using solar energy, due to which the cost of the power has been reduced. “We have urged the State government to give 20 per cent subsidy from our side to encourage people,” he said.

The Telangana state has 300 days with abundant sunshine, the State government was also aiming to promote public as well as private investment in solar power generation. “We have to keep in mind that our future is solar, not thermal or hydro-energy,” he added.