Indian Railways Completes Solarization of over 960 Stations; Other 550 Stations under Execution

In a bid to achieve the objective of 100 per cent self-sustainability for all power needs, the Indian Railways has completed the installation of solar power plants at more than 960 stations till date and ordered 198 MW of solar rooftop capacity for 550 more stations which are under execution.

September 01, 2020. By Manu Tayal

In a bid to achieve the objective of 100 per cent self-sustainability for all power needs, the Indian Railways has completed the installation of solar power plants at more than 960 stations till date and ordered 198 MW of solar rooftop capacity for 550 more stations which are under execution.

Some of the solarised stations include Varanasi, New Delhi, Old Delhi, Jaipur, Secunderabad, Kolkata, Guwahati, Hyderabad, Howrah etc.

The move is in line with the Indian Railways' plans to become a net zero carbon emitter by 2030. It is set to produce solar energy for meeting all it's energy consumption needs of over 33 billion units by 2030. It’s current annual requirement is about 20 billion units.

It also plans to install solar plants of 20 GW capacity by utilising its vacant land by 2030.

As per the Railway Ministry, Indian Railways aims to achieve 100 per cent electrification by 2023. Indian Railways was committed to utilise solar energy for meeting its traction power requirement and become a complete green mode of transportation, it added.

Indian Railways already have about 51,000 hectare of vacant land available and is now ready to extend all support to the developers for installing solar power plants on it’s vacant un-encroached land, the Ministry further said.

This was in line with the recent directive by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to solarise railway stations and utilise vacant railway land for renewable energy (RE) projects.

In this regard, the national transporter had invited bids for 3 GW solar projects on vacant railway land parcels and land parcels along railway tracks have already been invited by the Railway Energy Management Company Ltd (REMCL), a PSU of Indian Railways.

Meanwhile, these solar projects, besides supplying power to Railways at reduced tariff, will also protect the Railway land by construction of boundary wall along the track.

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