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Hindu temple powered by solar In the western Sydney suburb of Kings Park, a Hindu temple has embraced solar power. A

recent

installation

at

Shree

Swaminarayan Temple Sydney, completed by RK Solar and Consulting Services, comprises 100 Trina Solar Honey 260 W panels with Enphase M215 Generation  4 inverters, plus the provision to upgrade the system to utilise storage batteries. The system is estimated to produce 33  MW per year. One of the founders of the Sydney Shree Swaminarayan Community, Dhanji Varsani, said the temple comprises two halls which are used every day from 6 am to 10 pm. “Our

Kunal Kapoor, of RK Solar and Consulting Services, said the

energy consumption is quite high,” he noted, “as the buildings

installation was completed in two days. He expects the $26,000

are centrally air conditioned and every weekend we cook food

cost to be covered by the temple’s savings in energy costs in

for our members.” Lighting is also required to spotlight statues

three-and-a-half to four-and-a-half years.

and paintings, he added. Varsani said the new installation serves as a continuation of

“As the temple plans to have batteries installed at a future date, this would also reduce their evening and night-time usage

the community’s solar generation policy. He said, “As the solar

of grid power,” he added.

panels are now on one roof, we plan to increase our generating

Trina Solar

capacity by installing panels on the second roof.”

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