SEREMBAN: Devotees at a 100-year-old Hindu temple in Ladang Sungai Salak in Siliau are in jovial mood now that their temple, which did not have electrical supply, is being powered by solar energy.
The temple used to receive its power supply from an estate workers' colony nearby.
When the workers were relocated to another part of the plantation, the electricity supply to the temple was cut.
The devotees then installed a generator set. However, the machine broke down so often that they had to carry out their religious obligations with candles or torchlights.
The MyNadi Foundation, which was set up to assist underprivileged communities, then came to their aid.
The temple, located more than 3km from the main road, is now powered by a 175W solar panel.
Foundation chairman Datuk Dr Jeyaindran Sinnadurai said the temple committee did ask Tenaga Nasional Bhd (TNB) to connect power to the temple.
“TNB said that since the temple's location is beyond the national power grid, about RM100,000 is needed to set up the power lines.
“The committee then thought of acquiring a new generator. But they were hampered by the steep price of between RM30,000 and RM40,000,” he said.
“We then thought of installing a solar panel system, which costs about RM17,000 to supply electricity to the temple, which is about the size of a basketball court.
“We managed to get a contractor who was generous enough to install the system for just RM7,000,” he said yesterday.
Dr Jeyaindran said the solar panel system could last for up to 40 years without maintenance.
“The temple lights are switched on between three and four hours daily and up to six hours during the weekends when there are more people,” he added.
A devotee K. Elangovan, 41, said: “We can still get power even if it rains or when there is no sunlight.”
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