Apr 05, 2017

Four railway stations in Delhi to be solar powered

BYPankaj Mishra

Four major railway stations in Delhi will soon reduce their carbon footprint with rooftop solar power plants with a total 5 MW capacity.
The power plants will be installed at New Delhi Railway Station, Hazrat Nizamuddin Railway Station, Old Delhi Railway Station and Anand Vihar Terminal Railway Station.
The Northern Railway in November 2016 rolled out the tenders to install the solar power capacity to supplement the power consumption.
As per plan, the New Delhi Railway Station will have 1.1 MW solar capacity installed, Hazrat Nizamuddin 0.6 MW, Old Delhi 2.2 MW and Anand Vihar Terminal 1.1 MW.
“Although the entire power demand of the stations will not be fulfilled by this… solar capacity will help in supplementing the power demand,” a Northern Railway official told IANS.
According to Vivaan Solar, a solar installation company which has undertaken the project, this would be the first step towards making the railway stations self-sustainable in terms of power consumption.
“Roughly over 6,500 solar modules will be installed on the rooftop of these railway stations… We expect to complete the project by August… It will not be the entire capacity, but it will definitely help in reducing the carbon footprint of the stations,” Amit Bansal, director finance of Vivaan Solar, told IANS.

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Pankaj Mishra is a writer of FactorDaily.