Jaipur Railway Station is now among the elite club of railway stations that are harnessing solar power for its operations.
Jaipur Railway Station’s roof top is now installed with solar panels. The operation was inaugurated by Anil Singhal, General manager of North Western Railways (NWR). During his interaction with media, he said “The energy harnessed from the solar panels will help Jaipur railway station save Rs 7.2 lakh on power bills, annually. Our aim is to produce at least 50 kilowatt power in a year. In future we would like to double the capacity of green energy at Jaipur Railway Station.”
He added “The North Western Railway will set up small solar plants at small railway stations. Even at railway crossings we have made the provision to harness solar energy.”
Officials claim that the life cycle of these solar plants is between 20-25 years. And within two years, Jaipur division will help in reducing 500 tonnes of carbon footprint and will move one step closer towards green corridor.
The Solar plants in Jaipur, Ajmer and Abu Road Railway Stations are just the beginning of a larger plan to introduce solar plants across north western railway division. The windmill in Dangri Village at Fatehgarh division, Jaisalmer will produce 25 megawatt electricity per year.
The North Western Railway region is saving Rs 78 lakh on power bills and on fuel, and in the coming years they will end up saving Rs. 4.5 crore.