New Delhi: Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) is going to install three more roof-top solar power plants in its premises, as a continuation of its policy to encourage eco-friendly work practises and technologies.
These three plants, with a joint power generation capacity of 250 KWP (kilowatts peak), will come up at the Anand Vihar ISBT and Pragati Maidan Metro stations along with DMRC`s residential complex at Pushp Vihar.
The individual production capacity of these plants will be 115 kwp at Anand Vihar ISBT, Pragati Maidan 85 KWP and Metro Enclave, Saket with 50 KWP.
The Power Purchase Agreement for installation of these plants was signed today between DMRC and Noida-based private developer Jakson Engineers Ltd and approved by the Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) in the presence of DMRC`s Managing Director Mangu Singh and other senior officials.
The plants are expected to start production within next six months.
Like DMRC`s first solar power plant at Dwarka Sector 21, these plants will also come up as per the RESCO model.
Under this model, DMRC will pay for the units generated by the plants and the capital investment shall be provided by the developer, Anuj Dayal, DMRC Executive Director (Corporate Communications), said.
The power generated by these plants will be used for DMRC`s operational requirements, which include station lighting and other loads.
"DMRC will continue to explore the possibility of installing more such plants at its stations, depots, parking lots as well as residential complexes. Efforts are also being made to integrate such solar plants with the station structures of Phase 3," Dayal said.
Delhi Metro has already taken up a slew of measures oriented towards the conservation of environment and the use of renewable means of energy.
All the stations to be constructed as part of Delhi Metro`s Phase 3 are being designed as `green buildings`.
In 2011, DMRC was certified by the United Nations (UN) as the first Metro Rail and Rail based system in the world to get Carbon Credits for reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions as it has helped to reduce pollution levels in the city by 6.3 lakh tons every year, thus, helping in reducing global warming.