Railway Minister Piyush Goyal launched first solar plant with a total capacity of 5 megawatt peak, the project aims to reduce the carbon footprint. The project is a part of the National Solar Mission and the Indian Railways plan to commission 1,000 MWp capacity Solar Plants across its network.On the occasion of inauguration of the “International Conference on Green Initiatives and Railway Electrification”, the minister launched the plants as well.
“We hope to turn the Indian Railways into a world class transporter and thus, we are working in a time-bound manner dexterously. We shall be able to harness 100 percent electrification at very low prices with an incentive-cum-penalty scheme,” he said. He added that the payment made of the railways will be processed within 30 days.
The plants have been installed at roof-tops of Hazrat Nizamuddin, New Delhi, Anand Vihar and Delhi railway stations and they are expected to generate 76.5 lakh units of solar power cumulatively in a year. The output is sufficient to meet about 30 percent of the required energy by these stations.By the successful execution of the project the Railways will save Rs 421.4 lakh annually and will reduce 6,082 tons of CO2 emissions.
In December 2016, the project was awarded. The cost of the project is Rs 37.45 core and the tender is based on the PPP model.The developer has to maintain it for 25 years and the Railways will only pay energy consumed at Rs 4.14 per unit, officials said.Goyal added that the railways target to reduce the energy consumption in Non-traction process by 10 percent, that will save them Rs 250 crore annually.The two day International Conference on Green Initiatives and Railway Electrification is all about finding new ways to use renewable energy for the National Transporter.