All 27 elevated metro stations of Delhi metro under Phase IV will get solar power infrastructure, says Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC). The stations will have reserved spaces for mounting solar panels, solar inverters, and other equipment.
However, officials have also stated that rooftop solar power plants will be installed based on the station’s roof alignment and exposure to sunlight.
DMRC is targeting 10 MW of solar power capacity for Phase IV, which is expected to generate 1 crore units of clean electricity every year. But the new stations would also require an additional 21.8 crore units of electricity.
Delhi Metro currently meets 35% of its total electricity demand through renewable energy sources. Out of this figure, 30% is sourced from Rewa Solar Plant in Madhya Pradesh, 4% from rooftop solar plants, and 1% from waste to energy plant in Ghazipur.
Moreover, DMRC is aiming to meet 50% of Delhi Metro’s electricity demand through green energy sources by 2031.
“Though DMRC has no obligation to use renewable sources, we are using green energy for our commitment to the environment. DMRC explored solar energy to reduce carbon footprints and take benefit of lower tariff from solar,” said Vivek Agarwal, executive director of planning, DMRC.
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Resource: The Times of India
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