- Indian Railways has brought online and dedicated its first set of large solar power rooftop plants with a total of 5 MW capacity
- The entire capacity stands on the rooftops of four railway stations in Delhi namely, Hazrat Nizamuddin, Anand Vihar, Delhi Railway Station and New Delhi railway stations
- Developer arranged the project cost of 374.5 million INR ($5.78 million) under PPA model
- Indian Railways will pay a tariff of 4.14 INR ($0.0638) per kWh for using the clean power; the rest will be fed into the grid
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The Indian Railways has commissioned its first large solar power plants with a total of 5 MW capacity. It has come up on the rooftop of Hazrat Nizamuddin, Anand Vihar, Delhi Railway Station and New Delhi Railway Station. Project was awarded under public private partnership (PPP) model in December 2016.
The tender to develop this capacity was awarded for the lowest tariff of 4.14 INR ($0.0638) per kWh in December 2016. Commissioned very quickly, in only 10 months, the project cost was 374.5 million INR ($5.78 million), which was arranged by the developer under PPA model. The developer will maintain the project for 25 years and Indian Railways will only pay the energy consumed at the awarded tariff level, while the excess power will be fed to the grid.
Railways can now produce around 30% of its power requirements from this solar capacity. Minister for Railways and Coal, Piyush Goyal dedicated the solar project during the inauguration of the International Conference on Green Initiatives & Railway Electrification. Before appointed Minister for Railways & Coal in September 2017, Goyal was heading the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE), which is now being taking care for by Raj Kumar Singh (see India Gets New MNRE Head).
The solar capacity is part of Indian Railways strategy to install 1 GW of solar PV capacity and 200 MW of wind power plants by 2020-21 across zonal railways and production units. So far, it has installed more than 60 MW of solar and wind power plants covering 270 stations and 120 administrative buildings and hospitals. Another 150 MW PV will come up on the rooftop of railway buildings.
The ministry is also working to set up 400 MW PV through ground mount solar power plants through various other agencies.
The Railway Energy Management Company Limited (REMCL) awarded 67.38 MW of rooftop solar PV capacity for the Indian Railways in August 2017 (see 67 MW Rooftop PV Awarded In Indian Railways Bid). Mytrah Energy was the winner of the largest capacity of 30.87 MW quoting the lowest tariff of 2.39 INR ($0.0374) per kWh.