By Staff Reporter
Bhopal railway division has made significant strides in harnessing solar power, leading to substantial savings in electricity charges. More than 12 stations within the Bhopal circle have been equipped with 5 Kilowatt (KW) grid-connected solar power plants, resulting in substantial cost savings.
The 12 stations fitted with solar power installations include Mathela, Khirkiya, Timarni, Banapura, Chhanera, Ashonagar, Mungavali, Shajapur, Mandibamora, Kanjia, Gulabganj, and Mandideep. Additionally, a 5 KW off-grid solar power plant has been installed at Ganjbasoda station.
According to authorities, these solar power plants have generated approximately 8380 units of energy per month, resulting in savings of Rs 9 lakh annually. The initiative has not only helped reduce electricity expenses but has also contributed to environmental sustainability through the use of renewable energy sources.
Furthermore, Vidisha station has implemented a wind-solar hybrid plant, which further enhances the generation of renewable energy. To promote energy efficiency, 650 BLDC fans were installed on platforms and station/service buildings last year, resulting in savings of Rs 11 lakh annually.
The railway division is actively working towards developing Sanchi as a Net Zero Solar City. A memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed between the Madhya Pradesh Urja Vikas Nigam Bhopal and West Central Railway Bhopal Division to ensure that all railway installations at Sanchi station operate using solar energy. This transition eliminates the need to purchase electricity from the Madhya Pradesh State Electricity Board (MPSEB), as the entire energy requirement will be met by the solar plant.
A 50 KW rooftop solar plant has been installed at Sanchi, marking a pioneering experiment within the West Central Railway in collaboration with the state government. The plant is expected to generate approximately 6500 units of electricity per month, resulting in savings of about Rs 3.9 lakh per year. This initiative not only highlights the commitment to renewable energy but also sets an example for other regions to follow.
The successful implementation of solar power plants at railway stations in Bhopal has not only led to significant cost savings but has also paved the way for a greener and more sustainable future. The transition towards renewable energy aligns with global efforts to combat climate change and promotes a cleaner and more efficient railway infrastructure.
Overall, the adoption of solar power in Bhopal railway division demonstrates the commitment to sustainability, cost-effectiveness, and environmental consciousness within the Indian railway sector.