Indian Railways has made the decision to go fully solar. Solar power will soon be used to power the lights and fans in train coaches. This is a big move forward for India’s renewable energy market. Solar energy has been found to save a lot of diesel (approximately Rs 3 crore per train over 25 years) which is used in powering lights, fans, and mobile charging points.
Net Zero Carbon Emitter
The Indian Railways revealed that solar panels have been installed at 960 railway stations to meet their power needs. The Railways have set a target of achieving 100% electrification by 2023, and these solar systems are part of that effort. Orders for 198 MW of rooftop solar power for 550 stations have been placed and are currently being implemented. Varanasi, New Delhi, Old Delhi, Jaipur, Secunderabad, Kolkata, Guwahati, Hyderabad, and Howrah are among the stations that have been solarized. The Indian Railways recently hosted a meeting with leading solar power developers to discuss their aspirations as partners in helping the Indian Railways become a “net-zero carbon emitter” by 2030. The Indian Railways also plans to use solar energy to fulfill its traction power needs, making it a completely “green” mode of transportation.