GUWAHATI, Oct 16 - Maligaon-headquartered Northeast Frontier Railway (NFR) today said that it is working on a number of new solar power generation projects which, once completed, will generate power to the tune of 8,000 kilowattpeak (KWp) in total.
�Guwahati station became the first railway station in the North East to be fully powered with grid-connected solar power with commissioning of a 700 KWp solar plant in the year 2017. Already, roof-mounted solar panels in various offices, station buildings and level crossing gates in the North East are generating about 2,428 KWp of solar power which enabled savings of about Rs 2 crore from annual conventional energy bills,� said Subhanan Chanda, Chief Public Relations Officer (CPRO) of NFR.
He added, �Another 1,043 KWp of solar power generating capacity is under installation. Apart from this, about 4,365 KWp of solar power is also planned for installation within a short time. Once all these are commissioned, the total solar power generation in NFR will reach nearly 8,000 KWp leading to generation of about 37 lakh units of clean and green electricity with savings of about Rs 4.73 crore from annual conventional energy bills.�
Chanda said that Indian Railways has taken a conscious decision to reduce its carbon footprint by reducing energy consumption which is produced by using fossil fuel.
�With that target, NFR has started harnessing of solar power and replacement of traditional lighting with LED lights. Already each of the stations in Northeast Frontier Railway has been provided with 100 per cent LED lighting,� he said.