Delhi Metro Plans To Become World’s First Metro Rail Network Running on 100 Per Cent Solar Energy

Violet Line of Delhi Metro (WillaMissionary/Wikimedia Commons)

Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) is planning to source all its energy needs from solar and other clean energy sources by the year 2021, reports Saur Energy International (SEI). The DMRC already meets nearly 60 per cent of its electricity needs from solar energy.

According to the report, if and when the aspiration becomes a reality, DMRC will become the world's first 100 per cent 'green energy' metro rail network.

DMRC presently produces 21 megawatt (MW) of solar energy from solar panels installed across many of its stations. It will further begin to receive 99 MW of solar energy from the 750 MW solar power park in Rewa Madhya Pradesh from May 2019.

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The said power plant is spread on an area of 1590 acre and is one of the largest single-site solar power plants in the world. DMRC has signed power purchase agreement (PPA) in 2018 with Madhya Pradesh-based Rewa Ultra Mega Solar Ltd (RUMSL) to procure green power to run its trains.

“The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) will get green power from the Rewa Ultra Mega Solar Ltd (RUMS) within the next two months. The project is estimated to meet 90 percent of the daily electricity demand of the DMRC. Besides, it would save Rs 1,400 crore of Delhi Metro in the next 25 years,” said Manu Srivastava, Madhya Pradesh Renewable Energy Principal Secretary, as reported by SEI.

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