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Wednesday, 24 January 2018 16:22

North Eastern Railway to use alternative energy by setting up solar power units

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24/01/2018

Under its ‘Green Initiatives’ drive, the North Eastern Railway is all set to switch from traditional source of power to alternative energy by setting up solar power units on the roofs of divisional railway manager office, railway workshop and Bareilly city station.

Officials said with the installation of solar panels, they would be able to cut their electricity bills amounting Rs 15 lakh per annum by 30%. Besides, NER will also sell surplus power to the power grid.

According to railway officials, at present, they are paying Rs 7 for a unit, but once the solar power unit gets functional, they will have to pay just Rs 4.89 per unit to Bhuvneshwar-based company Suryam International.

“As of now, our power consumption is 3 lakh units per month. With the solar panel becoming functional, we will be able to save Rs 1.25 lakh a month — Rs 15 lakh a year. By selling surplus electricity to the UP Power Corporation Ltd, we can also earn money,” NER public relation officer (PRO) Rajendra Singh added.

Officials said they would cover all 85 stations falling under NER with solar power units. The NER has installed as many as 2,139 energy saving LED tubes and 1,066 LED bulbs at these stations. 

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  • News Section: Solar Energy News
  • Month: January
  • Year: 2018
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