Metro Railway has been constantly thriving hard to reduce carbon footprint by generating power from alternative sources. This initiative has got momentum over the last 8 years.
- In this context, it is worth mentioning here that installation of rooftop solar power plants at different locations of Metro Railway are the testimony of this initiative.
Solar Power Plant at Mahanayak Uttam Kumar Stations
- 1.24MWp rooftop solar power plant has been installed on the rooftop of major buildings of Central Park Depot of East-West Metro on 27.08.2021. This environment friendly solar power plant is scattered over 19173 sq. metre area. As a result, Metro Railway has been able to save Rs. 45 lakhs(approx) per annum.
- This project which was executed through Public Private Partnership Mode is equipped with all standard protections and safety checks. Metro Railway has provided the rooftop areas whereas the solar power developer has done complete designing, procurement, installation, testing and commissioning work. Solar power developers will also operate and maintain this plant for 25 years
- This plant was constructed as a part of 100 MW-peak rooftop solar generation projects for Indian Railways which aims to become ‘Net Zero Carbon Emitter’ by 2030.
0.14 MWp Solar Power Plant installed at Tapan Sinha Memorial Hospital
- Besides this, Rooftop Solar Plants at Mahanayak Uttam Kumar on 14.08.2016 (0.40MWp), Kavi Subhas on 09.07.2016 (0.05MWp), Noapara /RSS on 05.07.2016 (0.05MWp) & Tapan Sinha Memorial Hospital on 09.05.2017 (0.14MWp) were also installed during this period
- These Rooftop Solar Power Plants generate a total 1.78 MWp electricity, which helps to save huge government exchequer. Out of this , 1.75 MWp has been added in the last eight years.
Source: Metro Railway Kolkata -Press Release