With the help of American Sikhs, SGPC has begun installing a solar power system in the Golden Temple building.

SGPC president Bibi Jagir Kaur on Monday held talks with teams from the California-United Sikh Mission led by Rashpal Singh Dhindsa and Sikh Lens Foundation president Vicky Singh and members of the liaison committee to install a solar energy system, including coordinator Baldev Singh Kang, technical expert Balaur Singh, director retired PEDA (Punjab Energy Development Agency) and Dr. NP Singh, retired Dean Punjab Technical University (PTU), Ranjit Singh and Avtar Singh.

Bibi Jagir Kaur said an SGPC official had decided to install a solar power supply system and the United Sikh Mission volunteered to do the job.

“After reviewing all technological advances, it was decided to install a solar power system of at least 1 megawatt (MW) as a pilot project. The machines were to be repaired on the roofs of buildings in the Shrine area. After that, it could happen again in Gurdwara Shaheed Baba Deep Singh, Takht Damdama Sahib, and other gurdwaras, ”he said.

Rashpal Singh Dhindsa said the operation would cost about Rs 8 and would take about four months to complete.

Obeying the teachings of Gurus, the US Sikh Sangat saved their dasvandh (one-tenth of the salary) for a good cause. The project was to be carried out in stages and our aim was to illuminate the entire sanctuary without interruption. This 1MW solar power plant will produce moderate power units at 14 lakh per year and we will reduce the electricity costs of SGPC in Sri Darbar Sahib by about 50 percent which is about Rs 1.25 per year.

Meanwhile, Vicky Singh also expressed gratitude to the SGPC for giving them the opportunity to contribute to the Shrine.

“We have received proposals from the top seven solar companies based in India and it is best to do the job,” he said.

During the meeting, the Sikh Lens Foundation also presented a set of books to Bibi Jagir Kaur on the details of the gurdwaras and Sikh heritage in Pakistan and Afghanistan.

At the event, deputy prime minister Surjit Singh Bhitewad, SGPC member Bhai Manjit Singh, Amrik Singh Vichhoya, Gurmeet Singh Booh, assistant secretary Kulwinder Singh Ramdas, Golden Temple manager Gurinder Singh Mathrewal, OSD Dr. Sukhbir Singh were present.

Source: The Tribune