DMRC Train

In a first for India’s rail network, Metro stations in Delhi are to be powered by rooftop solar photovoltaic installations.  

The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) has signed a memorandum of understanding with solar developer Solar Energy Corporation of India to explore possibilities for on-site solar power at DMRC’s stations, depots and parking lots.
DMRC Train
An initial pilot project with a capacity of 500 kWp is to be installed at the Dwarka Metro station. The plant is expected to come online within the next six months and will supply power to the station.

According to a study conducted by a joint Indian-German solar promotion project, Commercialisation of Solar Energy in Urban and Industrial Areas (ComSolar), DMRC’s stations and yards could potentially host solar PV systems with a capacity between 90 and 2500 kWp, capable of generating 400-10,000 kWh per day.

Once DMRC’s current expansion phase is completed, the study found, its total on-site solar potential could reach 52 MW.