Delhi metro is set to become world’s first fully solar powered metro by 2021. Starting with violet line, DMRC has started to run on Solar power between Jawahar lal stadium and central secretariat.
As of now, the DMRC has solar panels installed across many stations and hubs, from which it draws about 21 MW solar power. However, it needs about 180-200 MW electricity on an average for running daily. This has been provided by separate companies at their commercial rates.
The DMRC has received 27 megawatts (MW) solar power from Madhya Pradesh’s Rewa Solar Power Project, which will gradually increase it to 99 MW. “On average, DMRC would be given 345 million units (MU) of power from Rewa every year. We are likely to start receiving 99 MW solar energy from the 750 MW park in Rewa from May 2019,” DMRC officials said.
At present, DMRC uses solar energy for almost 60% of its electricity needs. It plans to run all its operations on solar by 2021. Once this is done, it would become the world’s first 100% green energy metro rail network.
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