Haryana has taken a leap forward in the field of alternate energy by setting up a 1-MW power plant utilising bio-gas generated from distillery waste.

Power Minister Mahender Partap Singh said here today that the plant had been commissioned at Ashoka Distillers and Chemical Pvt. Ltd in Hathin, Palwal district, and will utilise bio-gas generated from the distillery waste.

The power generated from this plant will be utilised by the distillery itself.

The Haryana Renewable Energy Department and the Haryana Renewable Energy Development Agency (HAREDA) persuaded the concerned organisation to take up the project. It had forwarded the proposal to the Union Ministry of New Renewable Energy during 2007-08 under the scheme of “Recovery of Energy/Power generation from Industrial and Commercial Wastes and Effluents.”

The proposal was approved and sanctioned by the ministry with a total capital subsidy of Rs 80 lakh. The total cost of the project was Rs 4.50 crore, he added.

The minister said that the project had multifaceted advantages. It will not only fulfill the demand for energy from the concerned distillery, but will also save environment from the toxic effluents generated in the form of spent waste from this unit.