Tirumala, 16 September 2015: Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam has taken lead in generating green power to meet its ever increasing demand for power consumption so much so that it has launched steps to meet 38.5 % consumption with solar power and 28 % need with wind power.

The ancient and highly visited temple in the world is taking a new lead in another area. It is going Green!. The olar Panels installed in temple shrine move with the direction of the sun to capture maximum sunlight .All the tones of food articles prepared for devotees at TTD in solar cookers are now cooked with green power. The Temple is able to save around roughly 48,000 gallons of Diesel every year.

The green energy initiatives taken up by the TTD is aimed to reduce dependency on thermal and gas power which has to be brought from elsewhere and also promote eco friendly power supplu on the hill shrine. ‘We are already ahead of other temples which have been asked to initiate green energy solutions” says the Executive officer of TTD Dr D Sambasiva Rao.

Not just this, the temple has also installed wind turbines to generate 7.5 megawatts of power. Green Energy Solutions, a Tirupati based wind energy company also wants to develop wind farms in Tirumala shrine to supply the entire electricity needs of the temple. Developing reserve forests around the temple to act as carbon sinks, the TTD management has transformed the environment by promoting the use of sustainable technologies.

Executive Officer of TTD Sri.D Sambashiv Rao says that TTD has already taken lead in wind power and solar power generation to meet its demands at Tirumala.Very recently TTD inaugurated a 100 KW solar power plant under Build Own Operate Transfer(BOOT)system.The solar plant would come up in a sprawling 66 acre of TTD land available at Kosuvaripalle in Tamballapalle constituency in chittoor district and would generate 10 MW power that would suffice 38.5% requirement in Tirumala. TTD is also contemplating to set up a 7.2MW wind mill plant in Tirumala with 3.6MW capacity each at Narayanagiri hill area and Akkagarlagudi on Alipiri foot path in Tirumala that would meet 28% demand in Hill Town.

The temple city has been identified as a future ‘low-carbon footprint city’ by European Aid and Development, which works under the European Commission. With the rapid expansion of infrastructure at all temple shrines- like roads with streetlights, guest houses, choultries, pilgrim amenity complexes,‘kalyana mandapams’, darshan queue complexes, annadana satrams, landscaped gardens the power consumption has shot up.Hence the need for promoting green power opportunities to reduce pollution caused by thermal and gas powered energy solutions.