The Efforts of the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation to increase the use of solar power at its stations have earned it recognition from the central government.
The Indian Ministry of New & Renewable Energy recently awarded the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) for being among the lead public sector entities pursuing solar power generation. The DMRC has installed rooftop solar power systems at a number of its stations, which have a combined installed capacity of about 2.8 MW.
As the DMRC expands its rail network beyond the boundaries of Delhi and into the neighbouring regions, it also plans to increase the rooftop solar power capacity of its stations, targeting an installed solar rooftop power capacity of 50 MW across its wide network of stations in and around the National Capital Region of Delhi.
The DMRC has been looking to switch completely to solar power, as its power bills have been increasing rapidly over the last few years. As it falls under the non-domestic and non-residential category of consumers, it pays a significantly higher tariff for electricity consumption.
The peak power demand of the DMRC is around 150 MW, which is expected to increase to 250 MW once the third phase of development is operational. It plans to acquire electricity from large-scale solar power projects to meet 100% of its future needs. Delhi does not have the land resources to set up large-scale solar power projects. DMRC is reportedly looking to sign a long-term power purchase agreement with a large solar power project in north-western state of Rajasthan which is rich in land as well as solar power resource.
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