India Targets 4 Gigawatts of Solar Power to Railway Stations

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Indian railway stations become solar power plants

The Indian Railways have proposed to install solar power plants of about 8.8 Mega Watt (MW)-capacity at railway stations, railway office buildings and level crossing gates.

The provisions include of 10 KWp solar PV modules each at 200 stations under various Zonal Railways, provision of total 4.05 MWp Solar Photo Voltaic (SPV) at roof top of 21 railway office buildings and provision of total 1.3 MWp capacity Solar Photo Voltaic (SPV) plants at 2000 Level Crossing gates on Indian railways.

First pilot to save diesel

The solar power plants have been provided on top of two narrow gauge trains plying on Pathankot-Jogindernagar route in Kangra Valley section and Kalka-Shimla section on trial basis. On evaluation of trial and cost benefit analysis, further study of economic viability will be undertaken.

The estimated cost of about 8.8 MW-capacity for projects is about Rs. 100 crore. The benefits of these projects are reliable power supply particularly at remote locations and saving in diesel due to reduced running of diesel generators.

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2 Responses to India Targets 4 Gigawatts of Solar Power to Railway Stations

  1. Wally Lafferty says:

    Wind and solar technologies are not consistent, but they are reliable. The inconsistencies, however, are predictable. We know with reasonable certainty days in advance what the production rate will be for wind and solar. In the U.S., this two-to-three day forward assessment is fine for the way electricity is sold.

    Technology failures of wind and solar, ara “reliability”, tend to be minor and easy to repair. Even when a catastrophic failure occurs, the recovery rate is short. Even in a catastrophic failure, it doesn’t bring down the entire plant.

  2. P j kashyap says:

    Big scam on solar project. Nothing . All are failure

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