Although Railway is one of the least polluting means of transportation, the Indian Railway is fully aware of its responsibilities for positive contribution for preserving the environment for our future generation. In that direction, Indian Railway has taken a conscious decision to reduce its carbon footprint by reducing energy consumption which is produced by using fossil fuel.
With that target, N. F. Railway has started harnessing of solar power and replacement of traditional lighting with LED lights. Already each of the stations in Northeast Frontier Railway (NFR) has been provided with 100% LED-lighting.
It can also be mentioned here that, in a remarkable achievement, Guwahati station became the first railway station in Northeast to be fully powered with grid connected Solar Power with commissioning of a 700 KWp solar plant in the year 2017. Already, roof mounted solar panels in various offices, station buildings; level crossing gates in Northeast are generating about 2428 KWp of Solar Power which enabled savings of about Rs. 2.00 crore from annual conventional energy bills.
Another 1043 KWp of solar power generating capacity is under installation. Apart from this about 4365 KWp of solar power is also planned for installation within short time. Once all these are commissioned, the total solar power generation in NFR will reach nearly about 8000 KWp leading to generation of about 37 lakh units of clean & green electricity with savings of about Rs. 4.73 crore from annual conventional energy bills.
Source: Northeast Frontier Railway