Indian Railways Plans 1 GW Solar Power Capacity

By   cleantechnica.com

Indian Railways is planning to set up 1 GW of solar power capacity over the next few years and is currently working on a plan to implement this capacity.

The announcement came from the Railway ministry which is directing the Indian Railways to set up small-scale solar power projects at railway stations.

The Indian Railways currently operates 10 MW capacity in the form of small-scale solar PV projects at 500 stations and buildings. It plans to double this capacity by setting up similar projects at 200 additional stations and buildings.

The large-scale solar PV projects are likely to come up on the vast area of unused land available with the Railways. This capacity will be set up with support from the Ministry of New & Renewable Energy through financial assistance from the National Clean Energy Fund.

The power generated from these large-scale power plants may be used for meeting the Renewable Purchase Obligation of the Railways, which is one of the largest consumers of electricity in the country, or it could be sold to the power utilities at a fixed pre-determined rate. More info

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