Indian Railways plans 1 GW of solar, 132 MW of wind parks
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State-owned transportation firm Indian Railways plans to source 1 GW of solar power and build 132 MW of wind farms over the next five years.
Railway Minister Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu said so on Wednesday during a dedication ceremony for a 26-MW wind park at Kodiyasar village, Fatehgarh in Jaisalmer, Rajasthan state. The particular plant was built by Railway Energy Management Company Ltd (REMCL), a joint venture between Indian Railways and RITES Ltd.
The new wind farm will be able to generate more than 50 million kWh of electricity per year, which will be used to power three traction substations, according to a press statement.
Prabhu mentioned that Indian Railways intends to use rooftops and vacant land for solar power generation and to construct further wind farms. In addition, it plans to deploy solar-based water heating systems, solar coolers and solar street lights at various locations.