CHENNAI: In a giant leap in direction of changing into a inexperienced railway station, Puratchi Thalaivar Dr MG Ramachandran Central station has put in 1.5 MW capability photo voltaic panels. With this, 100 per cent power requirement of the station through the day is met by solar energy.
Lately, PM Narendra Modi and Railways Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw appreciated the initiative. Vaishnaw tweeted 100% Day power requirement of Chennai Central Station is met by #SolarPower. This was retweeted by the Prime Minister, who mentioned the station has proven the best way in use of photo voltaic power.
Works for the inexperienced initiative began in October, 2017 and was accomplished in October, 2019. Earlier than October 2017, the per day energy demand for Central stood at 960 Kwp between Monday and Friday and 305 Kwp throughout weekends. The facility was drawn from TANGEDCO. The station includes of three complexes – major station constructing, Moore Market (suburban terminus) and NGO complicated, which homes railway workplaces. After set up of photo voltaic panels, presently 17,400 items is equipped to the Central from Monday to Friday and 10,700 throughout weekends.
“A complete of 21.90 lakh items of energy is generated in a 12 months, of which 8.76 lakh is acquired from Central and 13.14 lakh from the MMC complicated. All three buildings is now powered by way of photo voltaic power. The initiative introduced down bills of the railways by `1.75 crore every year,” mentioned a railway official.
The primary 100 Kwp photo voltaic panel set up was made on the roof of outdated concourse corridor in Chennai Central was commissioned on December 14, 2017. The second section befell on platform 2A, 3, 4, 5, 6 and seven with 500Kwp panels and was accomplished on March 2, 2019.
Over the last section of works, 900 Kwp capability photo voltaic panels had been put in on platform 12, 13, 14, 15 and Moore Market Advanced. The works had been accomplished on October 24, 2019. Officers mentioned solar energy panels have been put in at railway stations together with Katpadi, Tambaram, Mambalam, Guindy and Chengalpattu suburban stations, amongst others.