New Delhi: The productivity of the Solar Plants in the North Central Railway (NCR) zone of Indian Railways is registering an upward trajectory in solar power generation. According to an official press release from NCR, it has generated over 37 lakh units of solar energy in the first three months of the current financial year (FY 2021-22). While in the FY 2020-21, the Railway zone generated more than 1 crore units of solar energy. This is the result of very close monitoring of operations of solar power plants & numerous innovative steps taken under Solar Mission 2021-22.
NCR's General Manager VK Tripathi has called for adapting to a focused approach for augmenting the share of solar energy in its total non-traction electrical energy consumption. "Its a big leap towards a larger goal of environment protection as solar energy is a greener source of energy, it has led to substantial savings in revenue too as one unit of solar energy costs around Rs 5 as against Rs 7.7 per unit cost of conventional energy".
As of now, NCR has a total installed capacity (solar energy) of 11.03 MWp. Out of which, 120 kWp has been installed by the Indian Railway, the remaining 10,882.34 kWp capacity has been installed by two major solar power developers (SPD) Azure and ReNew on the purchase power parity (PPP) basis.
“Due to sincere efforts and hard work put in by the team of staff engaged in maintenance, 15 solar plants of Prayagraj Division, nine solar plants of Jhansi Division and 10 plants of Agra Division have now been placed under “A Category”, i.e. High Performing Solar Plant,” the release added.
NCR has set an ambitious target for 2021-22 to generate the highest ever solar energy to the tune of 1.3 crore units, thereby saving about Rs 5 crores, i.e. Rs 1 crore more than the last year, under the ‘Solar Mission.’
The Indian Railways has set the target of 100 percent electrification by the year 2023. In September 2020, Railways had announced that that 960 railways stations have solar installations in place to meet their power requirements. These solar systems are part of the Indian Railways’ endeavour to expand the usage of renewable energy.
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