Ludhiana: In a bid to reduce the huge amount being paid as electricity bills, to the state power corporation, the railways has started the installation work of solar plants on the rooftops of its buildings.
This will not only take care of the bills but also able to generate 2 megawatt of power for its daily consumption and providing electricity at different platforms of the city division of railway.
It will take about a month’s time for the project to get a final shape, till then the required power for the station would be drawn from Punjab State Power Corporation Limited for an amount of Rs 25 lakh monthly. Railway officials believe that once the plant was set up and was fully functional it would reduce the cost by 60 per cent for the railways.
The project is being executed under rail ministry by installing it on rooftop of more than 800 railway stations. The Northern Railway will be receiving around 20 megawatt of solar power generation capacity, of which Ludhiana railway station will receive around 2 megawatt of solar energy system. Senior officials in railway informed that previous year the railway finalised the plan to set up 500 Megawatt of solar energy system to meet the energy needs of over 8,000 stations and Railway Energy Management Company Limited (REMCL) had first auctioned 67.38MW of rooftop solar project, in August and then in November tendered 32 MW rooftop solar photovoltaic (PV) projects, which will be installed at offices, buildings, railway stations of zonal railways.
Providing more information about this, station director, Ludhiana, Abhinav Singla said, railway would soon fulfill its needs of generating electricity from solar plant of 2 megawatt power. “The work for this is on in full swing,” said Singla. He said that the solar photovoltaic cells will be installed on the rooftop of main building to cater to the need of all the offices, and waiting halls. “The same project will also be kicked off on guest house, and carriage and wagon building. One of the major reasons behind the commencement of this project was to bring down the bills to reduce the dependence on power utilities,”said Singla.
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