Kolkata East West Metro commissioned 1.24 MW of rooftop solar on the rooftops of two major buildings of the depot in Salt Lake Central Park.
Metro Railway general manager Manoj Joshi inaugurated the plant. Senior officials Manas Sarkar, MD, Kolkata Metro Rail Corporation (KMRC), implementing agency of the East-West Metro corridor, were present at the event.
Metro Railway awarded the Rs 8.2 crore project contract to S G Renew Energy Kolkata Private Limited. The solar power developer, which has executed the project on a PPP model, will operate and maintain the plant for 25 years.
The plant has been constructed as part of 100 MW-peak rooftop solar generation projects for Indian Railways which aims to become “Net Zero Carbon Emitter” by 2030.
“We draw electricity from WBSEDCL to run the train operations and power supply to the seven currently functional Metro stations. But we can now make use of the solar plant and save around Rs 45 lakh annually,” a KMRC official said.