DMRC to install three more solar plants
The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) is going to install three more roof top solar power plants in its premises, as a continuation of its policy to encourage eco friendly work practices and technologies.
These three plants will come up at the Anand Vihar ISBT and Pragati Maidan Metro stations along with DMRC's residential complex at Pushp Vihar.
These plants will have a joint power generation capacity of 250 kwp. The individual production capacity of these plants will be as follows:
Anand Vihar ISBT : 115 kwp
Pragati Maidan : 85 kwp
Metro Enclave, Saket : 50 kwp
The Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) for the installation of these plants was signed today between DMRC and M/s Jakson Engineers Ltd., a NOIDA based private developer, approved by the Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI), in the presence of DMRC Managing Director Mangu Singh and other senior officials.
The plants are expected to start production within the next six months. Like, DMRC's first solar power plant at Dwarka Sector 21, these plants will also come up as per the RESCO model. Under this model, DMRC will pay for the units generated by the plants and the capital investment shall be provided by the developer.
The power generated by these plants will be used for DMRC's operational requirements, which include station lighting and other loads.
DMRC will continue to explore the possibility of installing more such plants at its stations, depots, parking lots as well as residential complexes. Efforts are also being made to integrate such solar plants with the station structures of Phase 3.
Delhi Metro has already taken up a slew of measures oriented towards the conservation of environment and the use of renewable means of energy. All the stations, to be constructed as part of Delhi Metro's Phase 3 are being designed as 'green buildings'
In 2011, DMRC was certified by the United Nations (UN) as the first Metro Rail and Rail based system in the world to get Carbon Credits for reducing Green House Gas Emissions as it has helped to reduce pollution levels in the city by 6.3 lakh tons every year thus helping in reducing global warming.
DMRC's first Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) project on regenerative braking had also achieved many international firsts apart from earning valuable foreign exchange for the country.
(Posted on 03-07-2014)