Taking a huge step toward power consumption, Chennai Metro Rail has decided to have their first solar power generation facility.
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.
“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.”
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.