Kochi Metro, Water Metro To Run Entirely On Solar Power By 2024

Kochi Metro, Water Metro To Run Entirely On Solar Power By 2024

by V Bhagya Subhashini - Wednesday, November 16, 2022 09:56 AM IST
Kochi Metro, Water Metro To Run Entirely On Solar Power By 2024Kochi Metro, Kochi Water Metro

The Kochi Metro rail services and Water Metro will be fully solar-powered by 2024, according to Loknath Behera, the managing director of Kochi Metro Rail Limited (KMRL).

The Kochi Metro requires a total of 20 MW of energy to function.

KMRL is now producing 11MW of energy from its various solar projects, which accounts for 51 per cent of its total electricity needs. There are considerations for more solar projects.

“We have requested the government for land to set up a solar farm, from where 8 MW power can be sourced for the metro and 6 MW for the Water Metro. The possibility of sourcing power from wind too is being looked into”, said Behera, reports Economic Times.  

In August, KMRL inaugurated a 655 KW plant in its Muttom yard, bringing its total power capacity to 10.5 MW. 

A solar power facility with a 1.8 MW capacity was set up in the same yard in March. This facility is noteworthy in that it makes use of the open sky space above the Kochi Metro rail tracks.

As part of its ambition to achieve 100 per cent energy self-sufficiency, KMRL is also considering establishing a 45 acre-solar power plant near Kasaragod in Kerala. 

Kochi water metro is yet to be launched. Cochin Shipyard Ltd (CSL) delivered the five Water Metro boats built for Kochi Metro Rail Ltd (KMRL) last month.

Interestingly, Kochi International Airport became the world's first 'green airport’. The airport is fully powered by solar energy.

Get Swarajya in your inbox everyday. Subscribe here.

An Appeal...

Dear Reader,

As you are no doubt aware, Swarajya is a media product that is directly dependent on support from its readers in the form of subscriptions. We do not have the muscle and backing of a large media conglomerate nor are we playing for the large advertisement sweep-stake.

Our business model is you and your subscription. And in challenging times like these, we need your support now more than ever.

We deliver over 10 - 15 high quality articles with expert insights and views. From 7AM in the morning to 10PM late night we operate to ensure you, the reader, get to see what is just right.

Becoming a Patron or a subscriber for as little as Rs 1200/year is the best way you can support our efforts.

Become A Patron
Become A Subscriber
Comments ↓
Get Swarajya in your inbox everyday. Subscribe here.

Latest Articles

    Artboard 4Created with Sketch.