Kolkata: The Eastern Railway (ER) recently said it has set an ambitious plan to generate solar power of 300 million watts (30 megawatt) by 2020, in an effort to minimise carbon footprint and contribute towards reduction in global warming.
- Nikhil Chakraborty spokesperson of Eastern Railway said, aiming at maximum possible use of clean and renewable energy within the zone, the ER has set a rapid growth path for utilising solar energy from 30 million watts in 2018 to 300 million watts in 2020.
- He said,”At present, rooftop solar plants, commissioned by the Eastern Railway, generate 55 million watts and process is on to increase the capacity by another 245 million watts by 2020 to achieve the target for ”Mission 300 million watts solar plants’ by 2020.”
- Achievement of the goal of generating 300 million units (30 megwatts) will accrue a saving of Rs 12 crore in revenue expenses per year at present rate of tariff, he said.
- The ER zone has commissioned 2,965 kilo watt power grid connected rooftop solar project at its busiest station Howrah.
- It is the largest solar capacity commissioned over a single station in Indian Railways, he said.
- The ER has 4 divisions – Howrah, Sealdah, Asansol and Malda.
- The spokesperson added, solar panels have also been commissioned at Kolkata, Naihati, Asansol, Malda and many other places in the ER zone.