Solar panels atop platforms to help railways save Rs 1.25 crore annually

Ratlam: The Railways have decided to install solar panels atop platforms of six railway stations in the Ratlam division of the Western Railways. The stations include Indore, Ujjain, Nagda, Chittorgarh, Mhow and Ratlam.

The Railways plan to generate 43.30 lakh units of electricity every year from these plants, with a total capacity of three MW.

Carbon emission

There are 119 railway stations in the division and the total annual power consumption of the division is 1 crore units. The Railways pay Rs 7.5 crore annually to the power company as charges. The use of solar power will curtail Carbon dioxide emissions by 2,750 tons annually, thus contributing to environment protection.

The solar power plants will help the Railways save around 1.23 crore, said RN Sunkar, DRM.

(Story: Shivendra Dubey)