Solar powered railway station

Solar panels put on Platforms rooftop at Vijayawada Railway station. Vijayawada station is the first Railway station in the country to be covered with 130 KWP Solar Panels. Now 18 per cent of the total power consumption of the railway station will be from this solar energy. The Solar roof cost an amount of Rs 62 lakh to set . Photo:Ch.Vijaya Bhaskar

Railway Minister Piyush Goyal announced that 18 per cent of the total power consumption of the railway station would be from this solar energy. The environment-friendly move would result in annual savings of over Rs 8 lakh, and it will also reduce carbon emissions, the minister further said. Vijayawada Divisional Railway.

Railways plans to be a Net Zero Carbon Emitter by the year 2030. Earlier, Indian Railways had said that for meeting its traction power requirement, it planned to set up solar plants on unused vacant railway land. Indian Railways plans to install 20 GW land based solar plants. In order to further proliferate these pilot projects, the national transporter has initially planned to set up 3 GWp of land based solar plants in three phases.

It also plans to take up a storage based solar project. According to railways, this project is taken up to manage peak demand management and solar peak generation management. A pilot project to procure renewable power in the round the clock mode to the tune of 150 MW is being planned by the national transporter as well.

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