RRTS Update: NCRTC MD, Shri Vinay Kumar Singh inaugurates solar power plants at Sahibabad and Duhai Depot Stations

In a progressive move towards sustainable infrastructure, Shri Vinay Kumar Singh, Managing Director, NCRTC inaugurated state-of-the-art Solar Power Plants installed at Sahibabad RRTS station and Duhai Depot RRTS station, on Friday, 22 December 2023. The inauguration ceremony, held at Sahibabad RRTS station, witnessed the presence of all the Directors and senior officials of NCRTC.

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This inauguration marks a significant leap in the sustainability initiatives of the National Capital Region Transport Corporation (NCRTC). With a total capacity of 729 kW, the Solar Power Plant established at Sahibabad station is equipped with 1620 high-efficiency solar panels. 

The plant will generate about 10 lakh units of electricity per annum as against the annual consumption of about 7.3 lakhs per annum for the auxiliary load of the station, thus making the Sahibabad Station a ‘Green Station with the distinction of being Carbon Negative’.

On the other hand, the solar plant at the Duhai Depot Station is equipped with 320 solar panels with an installed capacity of 108 kW. Earlier in July this year, a solar power plant was also established at RRTS Depot in Duhai with an installed capacity of 585kWp, making this Depot a Green Depot.

Significance of the Initiative:

  • This initiative represents a major stride towards sustainability, as together, these solar power plants are expected to reduce approximately 1600 tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions per year.
  • The reduction is achieved by substituting conventional fossil fuel-based power sources with clean and green solar energy.

  • This transition to solar energy aligns with NCRTC’s commitment to reducing its carbon footprint while optimising operational costs.
  • These solar initiatives of NCRTC are in line with its Solar Policy adopted in March 2021, aiming to increase the share of renewable energy by generating approximately 11 MW peak of in-house solar power across its stations, depots, and other facilities for traction and non-traction purposes over the next five years.

Eco-Friendly Development:

  • To contribute towards a clean and green environment, NCRTC has also taken a step forward towards the goal of achieving the highest rating of the Indian Green Building Council (IGBC) Certification.
  • In this direction, NCRTC has recently been honoured with the highest rating of the prestigious ‘Project Award for IGBC’, a Platinum Rating for the Ghaziabad Receiving Sub-Station (RSS) and Sahibabad RRTS station.
  • Further, RRTS equipped with a green energy and minimum water consumption system will enhance the overall commuter experience on this green transport model and will also encourage greater use of public transport.

The installation of these Solar Power Plants is a testament to NCRTC’s unwavering commitment to sustainability and clean energy practices. This initiative aligns with the objectives of the National Solar Mission and reinforces NCRTC’s role in promoting clean, sustainable energy sources to benefit the region and the nation as a whole.

Source: NCRTC- Press Release | Images Credit: NCRTC

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