Indian Railways eyes 30-MWp solar capacity in Eastern Railway zone
Rooftop solar system in India. Author: Coshipi (clive.semmens.org.uk). Licensed under CC BY-SA via Flickr.
Indian Railways expects to complete solar plants with a total capacity of 30 MWp in its Eastern Railway zone by early 2020.
The Indian railway operator has already commissioned 5.5 MWp of rooftop solar arrays in the region, while the other 24.5 MWp in solar plants are due to be commissioned by the end of March 2020. The target capacity will generate power to cover 15% of total energy consumption on non-traction areas, the company said.
The solar plants are expected to help Eastern Railway save INR 120 million (USD 1.67m/EUR 1.52m) in revenue expenses annually at the present tariff rate and almost INR 4 billion-4.5 billion in non-traction energy bills over the next 25 years, according to Indian Railways.