दक्षिण पश्चिम रेलवे/ SOUTH WESTERN RAILWAY
प्रेस विज्ञप्ति/ Press Release No. 246 Dt: 09.10.2020
SWR FOR HARNESSING SOLAR ENERGY
Indian Railways has planned to source about 1000 Mega Watt (MW) Solar Power and about 200 MW of wind power progressively by 2021-22 across Zonal Railways & Production Units. Of this, 500 Mega Watt (MW) solar plants are being installed on the roof top of Railway buildings which will be used to meet non-traction loads at Railway Stations, etc. About 500 MW land based solar plants will be used to meet both traction & non-traction requirements.
South Western Railway is one of the zones which has taken giant strides aimed at energy conservation by harnessing solar energy. one of the significant actions taken in this direction has been the installation of solar panels at stations, service buildings, LC gates etc across the zone. This will not only help in meeting power needs of all the stations but also save expenditure for the Railways.
The Zone has provided 4.37 MWp plants on developer (Renewable Energy Supply Co) mode and also 165 kWp solar plant through the Zone. These solar plants are provided at 128 stations roof top (major stations - Hubballi, KSR Bengaluru, Mysuru, Yesvantpur, Hosapete, Gadag & Ballari) and 07 service buildings (Rail Soudha” West & Central Wing , Divisional Railway Manager’s Office-Hubballi, Railway Hospital-Hubballi, Divisional Railway Manager’s Office-Bengaluru, Parcel Office Bengaluru, Railway Hospital -Bengaluru, Divisional Railway Manager’s Office - Mysuru). The Workshops and Sheds have also been provided with Solar Roof top plants. In addition, 221 level crossings are provided solar photo voltaic cell lights. The solar electricity generation in last year was 4.4 Million units which is expected to increase to the tune of 4.664 Million units this year subject to sunny days and insulation.
This has resulted to saving in electricity bills to the tune of Rs. 1.78 Cr. last year and expected saving of Rs. 1.88 Cr. in this financial year.
SWR is expanding its solar initiatives planned to go for land based solar plants at track side lands and also vacant Railway lands. Rail Energy Management Co. Ltd (A public sector unit of Ministry of Railway) has floated a tender for land based solar plants of 20 MWp in vacant land and 8.3 MWp on land besides track over South Western Railway.The land has been identified and advised to REMCL for further installation of 98 MWp plants.
Chief Public Relations Officer South Western Railway, Hubballi