Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya is going to partly switch to solar power this month. The Museum was founded in 1922 and is home to approximately 50,000 exhibits of ancient Indian history as well as objects from foreign lands, categorized primarily into three sections: Art, Archaeology and Natural History including artifacts from the Indus valley Culture and the prominent empires of ancient India like the Guptas. It is also the main museum of metropolitan Mumbai.
Therefore, it is not too tough to imagine the amount of electricity that it would take to run the place day and night. The monthly bill of the museum is Rs. 6.6 lakh and it uses 55,000 units to power its ACs, lights and fans.
Now, the museum feels that it should reduce its carbon footprint, which is why it will install a 12KW solar energy plant consisting of 48 solar photovoltaic rooftop panels on 29th June.
The solar power plant will produce 2,000 units per month out of the 55,000 units needed at the museum. It is a small step but every little bit matters, doesn’t it? The solar power plant was added in collaboration with the Rotary club of Bombay and its total cost came up to about Rs. 15 lakhs.
The Museum also feels that since it is such a notable building and feature of Mumbai, they would be sending out a great message of environmental awareness to their patrons and visitors. And they are not wrong, considering that the museum hosts about one million people annually.
This is their second such step, the first being rainwater harvesting in 2007.
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Museum director S Mukherjee told The Times of India, “We feel this is a timely and logical response to the current environmental and energy concerns. 2,000 units is exactly the amount of power needed for us to light up our garden and surrounding areas.”