Southern Railway has started installing solar panels totalling 1.9 MWp at Central and 250 KWp at Egmore station
Chennai: In a major green initiative, almost 25% of Chennai Central and Basin Bridge yard’s electricity requirements will soon be met by solar panels installed on the platform shelters of the station, resulting in energy savings of Rs 1.5 crore per year, say senior officials.
Southern Railway has started installing solar panels totalling 1.9 MWp at Central and 250 KWp at Egmore station. Together, the panels will generate close to 3 lakh units every month. The panels will be placed on four platforms at Egmore station and eight platforms of Central, say officials.
Railway officials say this would also reduce the carbon footprint by 2,700 metric tonnes which will contribute to Central’s green rating. The station, one of the biggest in the country, has obtained an Indian Green Building Code certification and officials are planning to get a silver or gold rating by showcasing these green initiatives.
At Egmore, the power generated would be 3.65 lakh units per annum which will result in carbon credit of 328 metric tonnes with a reduction of Rs 16 lakh per annum in the energy bill.
Until now, the division has only installed small solar panels on the rooftops of stations including the Moore Market Complex (MMC), the suburban terminal, Tambaram, Katpadi, Jolarpet, Arakonam and Chengalpet. “But these were of smaller capacity,” said an official.
The mega solar plant in Central will be able to generate 8,333 units per day. This is around 28% of the consumption of the station, the MMC building, Basin Bridge yard and the headquarters and divisional office nearby, which is around 30,000 units per day, say officials.
The mega plant has been designed in such a way that on weekends when the power consumption at Central is low, it will be transmitted to the Basin Bridge yard. The consumption is high here as this is where the coaches of all express trains terminating at Central are maintained.
Railways has invested Rs 6.5 crore per MW for this project, said officials.
Southern Railway is also waiting for the Tamil Nadu government’s new solar energy policy for the net metering details which would give Railways a further benefit by evacuating excess solar energy generated to Tangedco’s grid and reduce the energy bill.
News Source: ET Energyworld