Delhi Metro Will Become World’s 1st 100% Solar Powered Metro: 7 Things You Should Know
The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation has announced that solar energy will be harnessed for running the entire range of operations of the Delhi Metro from the year 2021. As of now, only 60% of the operations are run on solar power.
On harnessing solar power for 100% of the metro’s operations, Delhi Metro Corporation will become the World’s First 100% ‘Green’ Energy Metro Rail Network.
Renewable Energy Growth at Over 370 Percent
As per DMRC, in an act to symbolize the commencement of this plan, Dr. Mangu Singh, DMRC’s Managing Director, and Manu Srivastava, Chairperson, Rewa Ultra Mega Solar, Upendra Tripathi, Director General, International Solar Alliance, and other senior officials traveled in a Metro railway that has been powered by solar energy.
The Union Minister said, “During Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s leadership and with the cooperation of all chief ministers of various states in the last three years, renewable energy has seen a growth of over 370 per cent.”
He also said that in 2014, around 2600 MW capacity of solar power was installed in India. The scenario has definitely changed for the better in the country by the end of 2017, in which a total capacity of 12,200 MW solar power has been installed, which is very much worth appreciation.
7 Interesting Things About The New Initiative
Here are seven things about the solar power project and the DMRC that you should know:
- There are about 26 lakh commuters who make use of the Delhi Metro on a daily basis. The network of the Delhi Metro is spread over an area 373 kilometers.
- This network of the Delhi Metro has boosted its reputation and it stands in line with the metro networks of London, Shanghai, Beijing, and New York as all these have a network of more than 300 kilometers.
- The operations of the Delhi Metro, running on solar power, will be employed on Violet line, which runs in between Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium metro station and Central Secretariat station.
- In 2011, the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation became the world’s first railway network to gain carbon credits from the United Nations. For this, the DMRC helped reduce greenhouse gas emissions by almost 6,30,000 tonnes a year.
- The Delhi Metro’s initiative to carry out all operations using solar power will help them save a massive amount, almost as much as Rs. 1400 crore.
- As of now, the DMRC has solar panels installed across many stations and hubs, from which it draws about 21 MW solar power. However, it needs about 180-200 MW electricity on an average for running daily. This has been provided by separate companies at their commercial rates.
- Starting May 2019, the DMRC will start getting 99 MW solar energy from the 750 MW Solar Park in Rewa, Madhya Pradesh. A power purchase agreement has been signed with the latter by the DMRC to obtain this energy.