photo: Maharashtra Energy Development Agency
India already had the previous world's largest solar-powered cooking system, serving 15,000 pilgrims daily at the Tirumala temple in Andhra Pradesh. But now that one has been been one-upped, Taragana reports. The new system has been installed at the shrine of 19th century saint Sai Baba in Shridi and can feed up to 20,000 people per day:The system generates some 3,500 kg of steam daily, which replaces on a yearly basis 100,000 kg of cooking gas. The system has been constructed so that it can continue to function absent electricity to run the water pump which circulates water through the system.
The cost for the system is about Rs13.3 million ($280,000), about 43% of which was paid for by the government.