Shirdi awarded ‘Solar City’ Status by Govt. of India
SHIRDI AWARDED ‘SOLAR CITY’ STATUS BY GOVT. OF INDIA
Appreciating & encouraging the efforts of using alternative energy in Shirdi City`Maharashtra,
the Union Ministry of New & Renewable Energy (MNRE)`Government of India,
on 13th Mar`2012, awarded Shirdi the status of “SOLAR CITY”.
The Ministry also gave away the first prize to Shri Sai Baba Sansthan Trust`Shirdi,
for the New and Renewable Energy projects un dertaken on the State level.
The MNRE would also be giving Rs.50 crore to Shirdi City in the next 5 years,
to be utilised jointly by the Shri Sai Baba Sansthan Trust & the Shirdi Nagar Panchayat,
for further developing Shirdi City into a Solar City.
Alternative Energy Projects undertaken by the Shri Sai Baba Sansthan Trust:
1) In 2009, it installed the world’s biggest Solar Cooking system
at the Shri Sai Prasadalaya`Shirdi, thus saving huge amount of funds used for cooking.
2) It installed on its own, a 1.25 megawatt Windmill Power project in Bhorepathar village of the district.
3) Under-construction: Installing the world’s largest Water Heating system which
would provide 5 lakh litres of hot water per day to the pilgrims visiting Shirdi.
Various other such projects are also being planned for Shirdi.