Solar power plant helps rly workshop save money
The project was taken up on Design-Build-Finance-Operate-and-Transfer (DBFOT) basis. The project has been implemented by a private player from whom the railways buys power for a period of 25 years under a power-purchase agreement that specifies a constant tariff. At the end of 25th year, the solar power plant will be transferred to the railways.
Speaking to TOI, Neeraj Jain, chief workshop manager, Central Workshop (Mysuru south), SWR, said: “The plant has been set up over 3,218 sqm area covering rooftops of different sections of the workshop. It consists of 1,562 solar PV modules that collectively produce 500 KWp of energy. This caters to the energy needs of the workshop. Excess power is fed to the grid operated by Cesc under a power purchase agreement.”
Explaining the savings, the manager said the plant helps them save about Rs 15 lakh in the first year, and the figures will improve over the subsequent years. “The green energy generated and exported to the grid reduces energy consumption and carbon footprint,” he added.