The Green Heritage Project Transforms Mamallapuram’s Shore Temple
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The Green Heritage Project Transforms Mamallapuram’s Shore Temple

The historic Shore Temple in Mamallapuram, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, has become India’s first Green Energy Archaeological Site. The Green Heritage Project, a partnership between Hand in Hand India and Renault Nissan Technology & Business Centre India, is responsible for this significant achievement.

The installation of three 10-kilowatt solar power plants has made it possible for the Shore Temple to run entirely on solar power. By recharging the grid with excess energy, these plants can help meet future energy demands while reducing their negative effects on the environment. Using solar power, the initiative improves the tourist experience while decreasing the negative impact of tourism on the environment.

Three water kiosks provide purified water from a solar-powered reverse osmosis (RO) facility, which is an important installation. Electric buggies, operated by local women, provide environmentally friendly transportation for the elderly, those with impairments, and pregnant women; they also help reduce carbon emissions and promote inclusion.

A parking structure equipped with three charging stations has been set up to facilitate the transition to electric vehicles. The Shore Temple’s conversion to a green energy facility honours its cultural and historical importance while demonstrating the need for sustainable heritage conservation practices.