At a time when the entire country seems to be coping with huge electricity bills and environmental issues, Mumbai’s Jama Masjid is seemingly on its mark to save 35 tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2) a year. According to a report by Hindustan Times, the 200-year-old mosque is switching over to solar energy to meet approximately 70% of its electricity requirements.
It is to be noted that the south-Mumbai mosque isn’t the only one so far to do so. Minara Masjid at Mohammed Ali Road and Zakaria Masjid in Masjid Bandar — have already switched to solar energy. However, Jama Masjid will by far have the highest capacity to generate solar power, which will cut down nearly Rs 40,000 from their electricity bills.
Hindustan Times further reported that the mosque has received it sanction in October this year and is all set to install a 31-kilowatt power (kWp) rooftop solar setup with 92 panels.
According to the chairman of the Jama Masjid, Mumbai, Nazir Ahmed Tungekar:
A mosque is a cultural center piece for a community and we were keen to set an example by going green, showing that we are open to embracing the future. We also wanted to instill a sense of responsibility towards the environment in younger generations.
This move will not only prove to be beneficial for the mosque but will also aid the various surrounding areas, which does not receive much sufficient electricity. They have installed a net-metering system, which will export the surplus power generated by solar back to the grid.
What do you think about this move? Don’t you feel that the Jama Masjid has set a great example for the other cultural and religious institutions on how they can adopt the renewable sources of energy and go green as well as save great bucks on their daily expenditure.