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SunEdison Commissions Rooftop Solar Power Systems For Delhi Metro

The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation continues to achieve new milestones in sustainable transportation and power generation.

The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) recently extended an existing line into the neighbouring state of Haryana, thus offering services of the low-carbon public transportation to hundreds of thousands of people.

With the addition of eight new stations, the DMRC also commissioned eight rooftop solar power systems with a total installed capacity of 1.9 MW, adding to the already operational 2.7 MW solar power capacity at other stations of the Delhi Metro.

The systems were commissioned by SunEdison which is also working on a 1.7 MW rooftop system at the Yamuna Bank station and train yard. According to SunEdison, the newly commissioned systems will generate 2.5 GWh of electricity, and offset greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to 1,700 tonnes of carbon dioxide.

The Delhi Metro is looking to source most of its power requirements from renewable energy projects to boost environmental as well as financial sustainability. It plans to set up 50 MW capacity through rooftop solar power systems, and is also looking to sign a long-term power purchase agreement with a large solar power project in the north-western state of Rajasthan, which is rich in land as well as solar power resource. Switching to solar power through a long-term power purchase agreement would shield the Delhi Metro from frequent power tariff hikes which, as a result of the corporation would also be able to pass the benefit on to the passengers in the form of relatively stable fares.

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.

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Smiti works as a senior solar engineer at a reputed engineering and management consultancy. She has conducted due diligence of several solar PV projects in India and Southeast Asia. She has keen interest in renewable energy, green buildings, environmental sustainability, and biofuels. She currently resides in New Delhi, India.


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