Alternate Energy Plants on Central Railway
ALTERNATE ENERGY PLANTS on CR
Energy Conservation is a high priority mission in Railways. This Mission 41K will help reduce energy bills while helping move towards greener sources of energy. In this mission, Central Railway has so far installed 28 solar power plants with a total capacity of 924 KWp on its 5 Divisions and a Workshop. Mumbai and Solapur have 9 plants each, Pune, Nagpur and Bhusaval have 3 plants each while the remaining one is at Matunga Workshop.
Apart from above, Wind + Solar energy installations have been provided at 8 locations with a total capacity of 44 KWp and stand alone solar installations have been provided at various small stations, level crossing gates and street lights at 953 locations with a total capacity of 49 KWp.
The plants at Sanpada EMU POH Shop and Matunga Workshop having capacity of 1000 KWp each are in various stages of implementation. once completed the expected energy generation of these plants will be 25 lakh units per year.
In addition, a total of 11.335 MWp plants at 118 locations on Central Railway is expected to be completed by July 2018 in collaboration with REMCL (Railway Energy Management Company Ltd, a Joint Venture of Ministry of Railways). This will generate 142 lakh units per year which will help in reducing the energy bill of Central Railway considerably.
LED lights, which saves energy as compared to conventional lights, have already been provided at 250 Railway stations on Central Railway out of 438 stations. 100% LED lighting at remaining 188 stations will be provided by March 2018.
An agreement has also been signed in presence of Shri D.K. Sharma, General Manager, Central Railway to provide LEDs in place of old fittings. Under this agreement Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL, a Joint Venture of PSUs under Ministry of Power) will invest 100% cost (Approximately Rs. 30 Crore) initially. Central Railway will pay back quarterly instalments to EESL from the savings achieved from energy bills by retaining some part of savings for the next five years. In this way both the organisations will be benefited. The agreement is for 5 years and during this period EESL will replace defective fittings and equipments, if any. The estimated energy saving per annum will be 1.4 crore units, which will result in savings of Rs. 13.14 crores per annum from this alone.