Sealdah Railway Station to be Solar-Powered Soon

Eastern Railways has come up with a unique solar project with the twin objectives of promoting the causes of clean energy and bringing down cost through energy efficiency.

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Sealdah Railway Station, one of the busiest railway terminals in the country started in 1869 under the Eastern Railway, will soon be solar-powered.

Eastern Railways has come up with a unique solar project with the twin objectives of promoting the causes of clean energy and bringing down cost through energy efficiency.

The much-anticipated solar project at Sealdah in the central part of Kolkata will be implemented through RESCO (renewable energy Services Company) business model. Eastern Railways has teamed up with Erectcraft Energy, a new company floated by Suncraft Energy Private Limited, promoted by a group of IIT-Kharagpur alumni to get this project executed in Public Private Partnership model.

Interestingly, in this case, Erectcraft Energy, the private partner will invest in the solar project, while railways will pay a pre-fixed rate for per unit of electricity consumed for the next 25 years through a power purchase agreement.

The project will go on stream by the end of the current fiscal itself, top railways officials said. The 500 Kwp solar power plant will be installed at ten different rooftop locations with grid connection.

One of the officials said, “The entire system will integrate a self-cleaning mechanism so that the yield is more. Our system will also ensure that solar energy is an acceptable complementary product with the grid power. The utility level solar energy project has already achieved the grid parity and in rooftop solar energy also, railways will purchase the power at a much lesser price than the grid power.”

Kunal Bhattacharya, former CEO & director, Webel Venture Capital and is now part of the Suncraft Energy management team said, “This is a huge opportunity for the company to scale up. The 500 kWp solar energy project will be able to generate nearly 7 lakh units annually, saving close to Rs 15 lakh for the railways. This solar energy will be a sensible addition to railways’ sources of electricity as it would help the railways reduce its carbon footprint as well.”

Source: Asian Age

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