Mumbai: Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vatu Sangrahalaya will join the list of solar museums this month.
The museum will open a 12-kilowatt solar power plant with 48 solar photovoltaic roofs on June 29.
With the support of Rotary Club in Mumbai, the plant is expected to produce about 2,000 units a month in sunny days at a cost of about 15,000 rupees.
The aim is to reduce energy consumption and the carbon footprint of museums.
Mukherjee, curator of the museum, said: "We think this is a timely and reasonable response to the current environmental and energy problems. "
_ In 2007, the museum established a rainwater harvesting system to help maintain its gardens, _ added Mukherjee.
The museum, built in 1922, has about 50,000 artistic, architectural and natural historical relics and consumes a lot of electricity.
It uses 55,000 units to power its air conditioners, lights and fans, and has a monthly billing cycle of R6. 6 lakh.
Mukherjee says solar power generators will help offset demand for at least 2,000 units a month.
_ 156; That's the amount of electricity we need to light our gardens and surrounding areas, he added.
Besides saving energy, the high gap between museums will ensure that the need for clean energy will benefit more people.
_ More than one million visitors are received each year.
Madhusudan Daga, chairman of the Rotary Club Environment Committee, said that if some of them were powered by solar energy, we would be able to send a strong signal to tourists.
Rishi Aggarwal, a researcher at the Observer Research Foundation, said Mumbai lacks awareness of the need for clean energy.
He has been working on the Mumbai Solar Energy Project to encourage government agencies such as BMC and SEEPPZ to invest in renewable energy, thereby reducing the city's dependence on traditional energy by at least 10%.
One of the easiest ways is to install roof panels like museums.
At least 50 BMC offices have panel space, Aggarwal said.
_ Their annual bill is about 400 million rupees.
He added that solar power costs 7 rupees per unit and commercial electricity costs 10 rupees, which could lead to significant savings.
Pricing is the only way to motivate users to adopt alternative energy sources, since cities are almost uninterrupted in supply.
In addition, there are not enough incentives for small companies to develop and provide cheaper electricity.
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He adds that places like museums can use solar energy because they can be a talking point.
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