After installing a solar water heating system for cleaning of utensils at Guru Ram Das Langar Hall in Golden Temple last year, Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee is now set to ensure use of solar energy to cook food for community kitchen.
It is contemplating to use solar energy for at least 20% of the cooking job. The shift to solar energy will help save around 20 gas cylinders, besides a large quantity of wood each day.
At present, around 100 LPG cylinders and another 300 quintals of wood are used every day in the community kitchen.
A two-member team from Emax Energy India Pvt Ltd, Faridabad, visited the shrine and the community kitchen in this regard. The team of Vijay Dua and Dr Gurmit Singh held discussions with SGPC member Bhai Manjit Singh, who is also chairman of Punjab Energy Development Agency (PEDA).
PEDA is the nodal agency which has been involved by the SGPC in the project.
Talking to mediapersons here on Friday, Bhai Manjit Singh said that in the first phase, 20% of the cooking would be done by solar energy. "This will by and large involve cooking of pulses, which consume maximum number of LPG cylinders and wood," he said.
"Under this new system, we will steam-cook pulses in the kitchen. This will not only be environmental-friendly but will also preserve important nutrients which otherwise get destroyed during traditional cooking," said Dua.
This project is expected to cost around Rs 50 lakh. If successful, a day will come when the entire cooking in the community kitchen will be through solar energy, he added.