Indian rail stations to run on solar

Rail stations and associated office buildings in India‘s Andhra Pradesh state are to host rooftop solar photovoltaic (PV) systems.  

The buildings belong to the Waltair railway division, which has announced plans to install 1 MW of PV through public-private partnerships at its headquarters in Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh’s largest city.

Newspaper The New Indian Express reports that the project is scheduled for completion by the end of July.

One bidder, Gurgaon-based ReNew Solar Power Private Ltd, has reportedly finalized a 25-year power purchase agreement (PPA) with the rail division.

“The project developer will be responsible for designing, engineering, procurement, construction (including civil and structural works), installation, testing and commissioning of the solar panel systems for 25 years after commissioning of the project,” a senior railway official was quoted as saying.

The solar panels are to be installed atop service buildings, including the Vizag railway station (pictured), the DRM Office, Divisional Railway Hospital, Electrical Loco Shed and Diesel Loco Shed.

Several of India’s other rail companies, such as North Western Railways, have also installed rooftop solar panels. 

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