Guwahati Railway Station is first of its kind in the North East Region that is fully powered by solar energy. With an aim to go green and be energy efficient, solar energy is being utilized to power stations and even trains across the national transporter’s network by Indian Railways.
The Guwahati railway station was commissioned in April 2017 and is expected to reduce the carbon footprint to a considerable level. Besides, it would also lead to electricity cost savings. In order to operate the network through solar energy, a 700 KWp grid interactive solar power plant has been established at the roof of the station.
As per the Indian Railway, the estimated project cost is around INR 6.7 Crores. The funds for the project have been contributed by an agency called CONCOR while the solar plant installation has been done by Sahibabad’s Central Electronics Ltd.
Figures suggest that the total generation of the solar power plant was 7,96,669 KWH from April 2017 to May 2018. On average, the plant generates 2048 KWH on a daily basis. This solar plant saves 67 Lakhs on the electricity cost. Overall, there are 2352 solar modules fitted to the rooftop of the solar power plant.
Back in February 2017, the Finance Ministry announced the mission of Indian Railways to implement 1000 megawatts capacity of solar power. Under the mission, 7000 railway stations across the country were announced to be powered by solar energy.
It’s a great initiative with regard to developing an eco-friendly transport network that not only reflects a big leap in technology but also ensures a sustainable environment.