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Indian Railways first set of solar plants becomes operational in New Delhi



Railways first set of solar plants with a total capacity of the 5-megawatt peak (MWp) to be launched by Railway Minister Piyush Goyal in New Delhi

Railway Minister Piyush Goyal would be launched the Railway’s first set of solar plants with a total capacity of the 5-megawatt peak (MWp) in New Delhi, on 27 October 2017.

The plants build on the rooftops of Hazrat Nizamuddin, New Delhi, Anand Vihar and Delhi railway station, which would be generating 76.5 lakh units of solar power cumulatively every year and is expected to meet about 30 % of the energy requirement of these stations.

Through the project, the railways will save Rs 421. 4 lakh annually and will reduce 6082 tonnes of CO2 emissions. This project is a part of the government’s National Solar Mission in which Indian Railway's plants to commission 1000 MWp solar plants across its network.

The project was awarded in December 2016. The cost of the project is Rs 37. 45 crores and has been brought in by the developer under the PPP model.

The official said the developer will also maintain it for 25 years and Railways will only pay energy consumed at Rs 4. 14 per unit.

The launched planned at the inauguration of the International Conference on Green Initiatives and Railway Electrification on 27 October 2017.


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