World’s Largest Solar System In Shirdi
The world’s largest solar steam system was inaugurated by the New and Renewable Energy Minister, Farooq Abdullah, in Shirdi. This can generate 3,500 kg of steam every day - enough to cook food for 20,000 people.
The solar system has been designed for cooking food for devotees visiting the shrine devoted to Sai Baba, a 19th century Sufi saint who was revered by Hindus and Muslims alike.
The total cost of the solar steam system is estimated at Rs.1.33 crore for which a subsidy of Rs.58.4 lakh has been provided by the renewable energy ministry.
The ministry offers support of up to 50% of the cost of such systems set up by non-profit bodies and up to 35% cost support to profit making bodies.
"Over 40 systems covering a dish area of about 12,000 sq metre have been supported by the ministry so far for various applications, though the major application is cooking only," a government statement said.