Mumbai: The Western Railway has saved over Rs 1 crore in the last 10 months on electricity, thanks to the nearly two dozen suburban stations that generate around twenty percent of the daily consumption.
Matunga railway station is the first in the section to be equipped with this facility where 48 solar panels were set up in 2016. After that, nearly two dozen stations were equipped with similar facilities.
"These solar panel generated 75,53,178 units (Kilowatt hours) of green energy in the year 2021–22, thus savings more than Rs. 3 crore on energy bill on account of difference in per unit cost of energy supplied by Electricity Boards vis-a-vis cost of energy generated by solar plants.
The cumulative savings for the current financial year is Rs. 2.15 crore, including the Rs. 30.22 lakh in the month of October 2022," a WR officer said.
A senior WR official confirmed the development and said, “The Western Railway has adopted several initiatives to curb pollution and reduce carbon emissions. Solar plant installation at railway stations and at office buildings is one such initiative.”
Currently, solar plants of 6635 KWH (Kilowatt hours) capacity have been installed at 97 railway stations over WR while plants with a capacity of 3920.48 KWH have been installed at over 46 railway office buildings including two dozen of suburban stations.
" A solar power plant is an arrangement of various solar components including a solar panel to absorb and convert sunlight into electricity, a solar inverter to convert the electricity from DC to AC while also monitoring the system, solar batteries and other solar accessories to set up a working system," a railway official explained.
"The cost of 1 KWH solar power plant in India ranges from Rs 7,500 to 1.25 lakh depending on the project size,” he said.
Mumbai Central Division
Power produced duration amount saved
3619241 KWH 2021-22 saved Rs.1.49 crore
2572790 KWH up to October 2022 Rs. 1.11 crore
Stations with solar panel facility
Churchgate , Grant Road, Lower Parel, Dadar, Mumbai Central, Matunga, Andheri, Mahim, Khar Road, Jogeshwari, Goregaon, Malad, Santacruz, Kandivali, Ram Mandir, Borivali, Mira Road, Naigaon, Bhayander, Vasai Road, Nallasopara and Dahanu.