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NF Rly setting up solar power plants in Guwahati

By PRANJAL BHUYAN

GUWAHATI, Aug 7 - As part of its policy of aggressively pushing for use of renewable energy sources, the Northeast Frontier Railway (NFR) has started work on setting up solar power plants at some of its major facilities located in Guwahati.

In the ongoing 2019-20 financial year, the Maligaon-headquartered NF Railway is planning to set up solar power plants at the coaching depots located at the Guwahati and Kamakhya stations.

�The Indian Railways has in recent years taken several measures to increase use of renewable energy and green technology. Here in NFR also, we have adopted such practices. Our zone�s motto with regard to use and spread of renewable energy is �Clean, green and renewable ecosystem is the future of India�,� Pranav Jyoti Sharma, Chief Public Relations Officer of NFR, told The Assam Tribune.

He said that the zonal railways has already installed rooftop solar power plants at the Guwahati Railway Station and also at the NFR Headquarters located at Maligaon.

The rooftop solar power plant at the Guwahati station has a capacity of 720 kilowatt-peak (kWp), while the plant at the NFR Headquarters is of 130 kWp capacity.

�In the ongoing financial year, a rooftop solar power plant of 90 kWp capacity is planned to be installed at the Guwahati Coaching Depot. In addition, we also plan to install another plant of 120 kWp capacity at the Kamakhya Coaching Depot,� said Sharma.

He added that a contract has been awarded to New Delhi-based M/s Azure Power Rooftop (Gen Co) Pvt Ltd for installation and commissioning of rooftop solar power plants under the power purchase agreement (PPA) mode at the Guwahati Coaching Depot and the Kamakhya Coaching Depot.

In addition, another rooftop solar power plant, having a capacity of 105 kWp is also coming up at the New Guwahati Diesel Shed.

The contract for that project has been awarded to Hyderabad-based M/s Mytrah Energy India Pvt Ltd, also under the PPA mode.

Sharma said that besides being clean and pollution free, the use of renewable energy sources has also brought about great benefits to the NFR financially.

�An average of 6.5 lakh units of power is being generated annually following commissioning of rooftop solar power plants at the Guwahati Railway Station and at our Maligaon Headquarters. That amounts to Rs 52 lakh of savings per annum for the zone,� said the NFR CPRO.

It is noteworthy that the Indian Railways is stepping up efforts to reduce emission by 33 per cent in the next 10-12 years through sustained energy efficiency measures and maximum use of clean fuel. Besides, it has also set a target to plant at least five crore saplings and trees in Railway land across India by 2020.

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NF Rly setting up solar power plants in Guwahati

GUWAHATI, Aug 7 - As part of its policy of aggressively pushing for use of renewable energy sources, the Northeast Frontier Railway (NFR) has started work on setting up solar power plants at some of its major facilities located in Guwahati.

In the ongoing 2019-20 financial year, the Maligaon-headquartered NF Railway is planning to set up solar power plants at the coaching depots located at the Guwahati and Kamakhya stations.

�The Indian Railways has in recent years taken several measures to increase use of renewable energy and green technology. Here in NFR also, we have adopted such practices. Our zone�s motto with regard to use and spread of renewable energy is �Clean, green and renewable ecosystem is the future of India�,� Pranav Jyoti Sharma, Chief Public Relations Officer of NFR, told The Assam Tribune.

He said that the zonal railways has already installed rooftop solar power plants at the Guwahati Railway Station and also at the NFR Headquarters located at Maligaon.

The rooftop solar power plant at the Guwahati station has a capacity of 720 kilowatt-peak (kWp), while the plant at the NFR Headquarters is of 130 kWp capacity.

�In the ongoing financial year, a rooftop solar power plant of 90 kWp capacity is planned to be installed at the Guwahati Coaching Depot. In addition, we also plan to install another plant of 120 kWp capacity at the Kamakhya Coaching Depot,� said Sharma.

He added that a contract has been awarded to New Delhi-based M/s Azure Power Rooftop (Gen Co) Pvt Ltd for installation and commissioning of rooftop solar power plants under the power purchase agreement (PPA) mode at the Guwahati Coaching Depot and the Kamakhya Coaching Depot.

In addition, another rooftop solar power plant, having a capacity of 105 kWp is also coming up at the New Guwahati Diesel Shed.

The contract for that project has been awarded to Hyderabad-based M/s Mytrah Energy India Pvt Ltd, also under the PPA mode.

Sharma said that besides being clean and pollution free, the use of renewable energy sources has also brought about great benefits to the NFR financially.

�An average of 6.5 lakh units of power is being generated annually following commissioning of rooftop solar power plants at the Guwahati Railway Station and at our Maligaon Headquarters. That amounts to Rs 52 lakh of savings per annum for the zone,� said the NFR CPRO.

It is noteworthy that the Indian Railways is stepping up efforts to reduce emission by 33 per cent in the next 10-12 years through sustained energy efficiency measures and maximum use of clean fuel. Besides, it has also set a target to plant at least five crore saplings and trees in Railway land across India by 2020.