Indian Railways’ first set of solar plants having a total capacity of 5 megawatt peak (MWp) would be launched in New Delhi on 27 October 2017.
The launch would be conducted by Union Railway Minister Piyush Goyal. The plants built on the roof tops of Hazrat Nizamuddin, New Delhi, Anand Vihar and Delhi railway stations would be generating 76.5 lakh units of solar power cumulatively every year and are expected to meet about 30 per cent of the energy requirement of these stations.
• The project would help the railways save around Rs 421.4 lakh annually and reduce 6082 tonnes of CO2 emissions.
• This project is a part of the Union government’s National Solar Mission in which Indian Railways plans to commission around 1000 MWp solar plants across its wide rail network.
• It was awarded in December 2016.
• The cost of the project is around Rs 37.45 Cr and has been bought in by the developer under the PPP model.
• The developer would also be maintaining it for 25 years and the Railways will only pay energy consumed at Rs 4.14 per unit.
The launch would be conducted at the inauguration of the International Conference on Green Initiatives and Railway Electrification.
The conference mainly aims to plan and come up with a roadmap for identifying various solutions to achieve larger goal of transforming Indian Railways as a 100 per cent de-carbonised, most energy efficient and highest electrified rail network in the world.