Hyderabad-based Central Institute of Tool Design (CITD) has installed a 50 KWP roof-top solar energy power plant that generates close to 250 units per day.
This is the first plant to be installed in one of the 300 institutes and centres that come under the MSME Ministry.
The installation of the plant can save around Rs. 2.91 lakh every six months; CITD has aimed to expand its solar power generation to 400 KWP in coming years.
Solar power, once the plant reaches its full capacity, will cover about 10 to 12 per cent of energy requirements of the institute.
Established in 1968, CITD is the first tool room in India. The campus offers courses to 11,000 to 12,000 students per year out of whom 300 are residential scholars.
Other MSME institutes in Arga and Bhubaneswar are expected to install solar power plants before the NIMSME.
The inaugural event also witnessed the launch of video conferencing facility for conducting live classes for sub-centres at Vijayawada, Vizag and Chennai.
By Baishakhi Dutta