Taking a huge step toward power consumption, Chennai Metro Rail has decided to have their first solar power generation facility.
The solar power station would have a production capacity of 1 MW and will take care of 30 per cent of energy requirement.
It is expected to be ready in the next six months.
The Chennai Metro Rail Limited (CMRL), have also signed an agreement with a firm in this regard and the first solar power panels for the same would be installed on the rooftop of the shed in Koyambedu Depot.
Once they explore how successfully the shed in Koyambedu Depot works, they might explore the option of installing it at other stations.
According to an CMRL official, the Koyambedu Depot, sprawls over 26 hectares and is being built at a cost of Rs.198 crore.
“Currently, we use about 40,000 units of electricity; if this solar power generation begins, it may be able to take about 30-40 per cent of the total energy consumption. We may be able to use it for various functions including running of escalators, lifts and other such purposes.”
The depot also houses stabling lines, workshops, washing plants for trains and an Operation Control Centre (OCC) which would control and monitor all the trains of the Chennai Metro Rail.
Chennai is not alone. Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) explored solar power resource to such an extent that they were even given an award for the highest capacity installation of grid connected solar power plants on rooftops in 2015.
DMRC at present commissions about 2,000 KWP via rooftops solar plants and also signed a power purchase agreement for another 7 MW capacity. In December 2015, they had even signed an MoU with the Solar Energy Corporation of India and agreed for production of 500MW power for upcoming Phase III project of Delhi Metro Rail.