In accordance with North Central Railway (NCR), 94 lakh units of energy have been produced employing solar power compared to 81 lakh units of energy produced using solar power during April-December 2020-21, which accounts for a rise of 16%.
It is a significant step from Railways towards a bigger aim of environmental conservation because solar energy is a cleaner form of electricity, and it has also resulted in significant financial savings for NCR which accounts for Rs 3.82 crores in its net revenue from April to December 2021.
During the same period, NCR used solar electricity to reduce its carbon impact by about 8000 tonnes and solar panels produced a CUF of 12.9%, which is deemed a discernable performance.
The Capacity Utilization Factor (CUF) is an essential metric of solar plant performance.
According to the data, NCR has an installed capacity of 11.03 MW. While the Railway installed 120 kW, the remaining 10882.34 kW capacity was erected on a public-private partnership (PPP) basis by two large solar power developers, Azure and ReNew.
Workshops, training schools, station buildings, General Managers and Divisional Railway Manager office buildings are among the primary locations where rooftop solar systems have been placed.
NCR has set an ambitious objective for 2021-22 of generating 1.3 crore units of energy from solar power, saving around Rs 5 crores.
Pramod Kumar, General Manager of NCR, has asked for a focused effort to increase the percentage of solar energy in railways’ overall non-traction electrical energy usage.
The zonal railway took several initiatives to promote solar energy and the upkeep of solar installations. Senior Section Engineers (SSEs) were also given a solar diary to use for systematic documenting and focused monitoring of energy generated and other relevant data.
The zonal railway has already scheduled the mounting of 1.86 MW of rooftop solar power plants, 46.25 MW on vacant lots near train stations, and 249 MW on vacant lands along rail tracks falling under the Golden Diagonal and Golden Quadrilateral over NCR by Railway Energy Management Company Limited (REMCL), according to authorized information.