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Indian Railways to source about 1000 MW Solar Power by 2021-22

Posted on : 14 Jan 2020

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  • Indian Railways has planned to source about 1000 Mega Watt (MW) Solar Power and about 200 MW of wind power progressively by 2021-22 across Zonal Railways & Production Units. Of this, 500 Mega Watt (MW) solar plants are to be installed on the roof top of Railway buildings which will be used to meet non-traction loads at Railway Stations, etc.
  • South Central Railway is one of the zones actively implementing several measures aimed at energy conservation by harnessing renewable energy.
  • One of the significant actions taken in this direction has been the installation of solar panels at stations, service buildings, LC gates etc across the zone.
  • Taking this step to the next level, for the first time all the stations in a particular section of the South Central Railway have been provided with solar panels at one stretch to tap the natural energy. This will not only help in meeting power needs of all the stations in the section but also save expenditure for the Railways.
  • The Nandyal – Yerraguntla section in Guntakal Division has been declared as the first solar section in South Central Railway.
  • Nandyal – Yerraguntla section is a new railway line laid by Railways and opened for passenger traffic in the year 2016 to bring the hinterland areas into rail map by providing rail connectivity. All the 08 stations in the section – Madduru, Banaganapalle, Koilakuntla, Sanjamala, Nossam, S.Uppalapadu, Jammalamadugu and Proddutur – have been provided with solar panels capable of meeting all the power needs at these railway stations.
  • 16 stations have already been declared Green Railway stations across Indian Railways, which are meeting energy needs completely either through solar or wind power.

Article Related Questions

  1. Consider the following regarding Indian Railways
    1.Indian Railways has planned to source about 1000 Mega Watt (MW) Solar Power and about 200 MW of wind power progressively by 2021-22.
    2.The Nandyal – Yerraguntla section in Guntakal Division has been declared as the first solar section in South Central Railway.
    Which of the following statement is/are correct?

  2. 1.1 only

    2.2 only

    3.Both 1 and 2

    4.Neither 1 nor 2

    Right Ans : Both 1 and 2

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