Indian Railways is planning to install rooftop solar PV systems at office buildings and railway stations of Zonal Railways to generate and supply electricity for railway installations. Railway Energy Management Co Ltd, a joint venture between Indian Railways and RITES Ltd, will be implementing the project. In all, Railways is planning to install total 100 MW grid connected rooftop solar PV systems at various zonal offices and railway stations. The scheme aims to reduce the fossil fuel based electricity load on main grid and make building self-sustainable from the point of electricity. It will also help the Indian Railways to bring in more sustainability in its operations.
The project will be implemented through Public Private Partnership mode on Design, Build, Finance, Operate and Transfer (the DBFOT) basis. The generated solar power will be utilized solely by Zonal Railway(s) through net metering system (as per prevailing norms and regulations for Net Metering of respective states under Zonal Railways) for their respective locations under Zones. In case net metering is not permitted in a particular state, then Railway at its discretion may vary the required capacity of that state.
It may be remembered here that various railways stations in India have started green initiative at various levels. For example, Secunderabad station recently bagged CII-IGBC Platinum rating award for its green initiative. The latest move will not only save energy cost for railways but also will improve its carbon footprint.