Indian Railways to become Net Zero Carbon Emission Mass Transportation Network by 2030

Published: July 6, 2020

Indian Railways is to utilize solar energy and become a complete “Green Mode of Transportation” by 2030.

Highlights

The present demand of the Indian Railways is to be fulfilled by the solar projects being deployed. In order to achieve this, the Indian Railways have already floated tenders for 2 GW of solar projects on unutilized railway lands. Also, there are plans to erect solar panels on either sides of Railway lines. Around 100 MW of rooftop solar systems have already been commissioned in the buildings of railway stations.

First in the World

For the first time in the world, a solar power plant has been set up in Bina, Madhya Pradesh to directly power the railway overhead lines. The power plant was set up by Indian Railways.

The project was set up in collaboration with BHEL (Bharat Heavy Electrical Limited). The 1.7 MW power plant can produce 25 lakh unit of energy annually. This will help Indian Railways save Rs 1.37 crores annually.

Way Forward

The Indian Railways has planned to install similar plants with a total capacity of 3 GW. The power from these plants will directly feed the traction power for locomotives.

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