The world’s largest solar steam system designed to cook huge quantity of food installed at Sri Sai Baba Temple in Shirdi was inaugurated by New and Renewable Energy Minister Farooq Abdullah on Thursday.
"The solar steam system has been designed for cooking food for devotees visiting the temple," officials of the ministry said in New Delhi.
The system was installed at a cost of Rs 1.33 crore, for which the New and Renewable ministry provided a subsidy of Rs 58.40 lakhs.
The solar system, officials said, will help the temple authorities cook food for 20,000 people every day, resulting in a huge annual savings around Rs 20 lakhs and one lakh kg gas.
The solar system at Shirdi generates about 3500 kg of steam every day and it is designed in a way that it can generate steam for cooking even in the absence of electricity.