Mumbai’s Jama Masjid in Kalbadevi is going to save 35 tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2) a year. The 200-year-old mosque is switching to solar energy for 70% of its electricity requirements.
This mosque in South Mumbai is not the only one to do so. Two other mosques — Minara Masjid at Mohammed Ali Road and Zakaria Masjid in Masjid Bandar — have already switched to solar energy. However, Jama Masjid will have the highest capacity to generate solar power.
The move has helped the mosque save Rs. 40,000 in electricity bills.
Sanctioned in October, a 31-kilowatt power (kWp) rooftop solar setup with 92 panels was installed in the mosque.
“A mosque is a cultural centrepiece 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 instil a sense of responsibility towards the environment in younger generations,” Nazir Ahmed Tungekar, chairman, Jama Masjid said.
The switch will help not only the mosque but also the areas around the city that don’t get sufficient supply of electricity. They have installed a net-metering system, which will export the surplus power generated by solar back to the grid. The mosque has set an example for many others in the country on how they can adopt renewable energy and go green.