Guwahati now has India’s first Solar Powered Railway Station. Guwahati Railway Station has become the first in entire North East region to completely run on solar power. Indian Railway took the initiative to substantially review electricity cost. As an easy way to cut down the consumption of electricity, the Railways decided to completely run on solar power, across the nation.
The solar power plant at Guwahati Railway Station was commissioned in April 2017. Expectations from the solar power plant is to not only reduce the carbon footprint, but also to reduce cost of electricity. A total of 2352 solar modules with a capacity of generating 700 kWp has been set up over the roof of the Guwahati railway station.
For North-East, Railway connectivity is still a relatively new phenomenon. Thus, the solar power plant at the Guwahati railway station is one-of-its kind. The solar power plant at Guwahati railway station is not only going to reduce the carbon footprint significantly, but also result in electricity cost savings.
Carbon footprint reduction:
Reports state that there was a cut off of around 6.3 lakh kg carbon dioxide emissions between April 12 last year to May 10 this year. The agency which has provided fund for the green project is CONCOR. Sahibabad’s Central Electronics Ltd took the initiative of installing the solar plant . Indian Railways has estimated the project cost to be Rs 6.7 crore. The solar power plant will save Rs 67 lakh worth of electricity. With an average power generation capacity per day is 2048 KWh, the solar panels till date have generated a total of 7,96,669 KWH of electricity.
Pranav Jyoti Sharma, CPRO of North-East Frontier Railway said,
“The Guwahati railway station runs 100% on solar power. This is a first of its kind initiative for the North-East and has proved to be immensely beneficial.”
Also. Indian Railways looks to go green and energy efficient. Thus, Indian Railways is now using Solar energy across the national transporter’s network to power stations and even trains.
Source: ET Energyworld