Railways Enter an Agreement with BHEL for Rooftop Solar Power Plant of 2 MW

Recently, an agreement was made by IROAF (Indian Railways Organization for Alternate Fuel)  and BHEL (Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited) for constructing 2 MW roof-top power plant at a very low cost of INR 3.58 crore/MWp (Megawatt peak) under the Indian Government’s Incentive Scheme.

The plant is all set to be commissioned within a matter of the next ten months and it will be installed at Diesel-Loco Modernization Works, which was formerly known as Diesel Component Works situated in Patiala.

This is actually the first project that will be covered under the ALI (Achievement Linked Incentive) or the MNRE Award Scheme of the Ministry of the New & Renewable Energy for the government buildings. The national carrier now plans to have an additional 1000 MW of solar and 200 MW of wind energy. Out of this, around 36 MW has been commissioned already.

Indian Railways has been doing everything possible to contribute to the Indian Government’s goal of generating 175 GW of renewable energy by 2022. Recently, the Railways was in news when the Railway Minister stated that it is planning to add an additional 1000 MW of solar energy and another 200 MW of wind energy.

Suresh Prabhu and the Power Minister Piyush Goyal went on to launch a new report that stated that the Railways can be drawing close to 25% of electric power needs from renewable and go on to achieve the target of this 5GW of solar power by the end of the year 2025.

The study that was released by the CEEW (Council of Energy Environment & Water) that is funded by the UNDP stated that the Indian Railways will need an investment of around $3.6 billion to meet this 5 GW goal.

Suresh Prabhu stated that his team has major plans to include renewable energy in Railways. He stated that his teams of experts are now planning to add another 1000 MW of solar and around 200 MW of wind energy of which nearly 36 MW is commissioned.

Taking into note the Indian government’s goal to see Indian Railways becoming the Green Engine of growth, he stated that de-carbonisation is very much important for the Railways. He added that his team has now set up a realistic target of actually electrifying the complete network of the Indian Railways in the upcoming ten years with close to 90% of track electrification in next 5 years. The Government of India has also agreed to offer any sort of assistance to Mr. Prabhu and his team in achieving this goal.

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