The Ahmedabad-Mumbai High-Speed Rail Project is going solar with ‘Grid Connected Rooftop Solar Projects’ for various stations, starting from the upcoming Rail Terminal at Sabarmati.
The proposed structure at Sabarmati station will also feature solar panels with a proposed ‘Charkha’ emblem on the roof of the station and the building side with the iconic symbol of the Salt March by Mahatma Gandhi and his followers in 1930.
Sabarmati was one of the residences of Gandhi and high-speed rail corridor From Sabarmati, the train will start from the terminal there. A grid-connected 700 kWp (kW peak) plant is planned.
The National High Speed Rail Corporation (NHSRCL) on Thursday invited tenders for the solar project at Sabarmati station, saying the project would be awarded under RESCO model for a period of 25 years.
“The generated solar power can be used for captive application and surplus power cannot be given to the grid. NHSRCL aims to reduce fossil fuel based electricity and make buildings as self-sufficient as possible from power consumption point of view,” the tender document stated.
The project size will be minimum 700 kWp and will be grid connected. “The bidder may propose a higher capacity plant keeping in mind the higher production panels,” the document mentions.
Under the RESCO model in the document, a renewable energy services company will develop, install, finance, operate as well as own rooftop solar project and supply generated solar power to NHSRCL and the grid.
Indian Railways is also working on providing rooftop solar panels at railway stations across the country with an aim to become ‘net zero carbon emissions’ by 2030.
The government told Parliament last year that it has so far installed 95.67 MW of rooftop solar systems and provided 248.46 MW of solar capacity at 835 railway stations across the country. This is part of India’s objective to reduce greenhouse emissions And achieve your renewable energy goals as promised in global climate forums.