Delhi's Tihar prison complex today got a 430 KW solar power plant which would reduce the prison's dependency on the power grid by about 5 lakh units and its bill by Rs 45-50 lakh a year. Inaugurating the plant, Delhi Home Minister Satyendar Jain said solar energy is the future solution for our growing energy needs. Commending Tihar authorities for setting an example for other government institutions, Jain asked them to bring the power bill to zero by using LED Bulbs and other measures. DG (Prisons) Alok Kumar Verma maintained that the annual consumption of the prison complex would be drastically reduced using the solar plant, and outlined plans for increasing the solar capacity in the coming months. "The 430 KW of solar power is now powering the Prison Headquarter Complex, reducing our drawal from the electric grid by a massive five lakh units each year and reducing our electric bill by almost 45-50 lakh rupees per annum.
The discom can now provide the energy saved by Tihar to other needy users," Tihar spokesperson and DIG (Prisons) Mukesh Prasad said. The installation is a grid connected solar plant whose whole object is to augment the grid using solar radiation, duly converted to electricity using solar panels, said Col Ajay Reddy, Director of Premier Solar, which had installed the plant in the complex. Janakpuri MLA Rajesh Rishi also attended the function.