Solar Energy to power Delhi Metro’s Phase III
Delhi Metro’s Phase III is likely to be fully powered by solar energy.
Last week, Delhi Metro signed a purchase agreement for 25 years with Rewa Ultra Mega Solar Limited, a joint venture between Solar Energy Corporation of India and the Madhya Pradesh government.
Under this agreement, Delhi Metro will source 345 MUs annually from this project, “Effectively, the entire energy requirement of phase III of Delhi Metro project,” said a statement by the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC). It is also expected to result in substantial savings in energy cost for Delhi Metro, added the statement.
Delhi Metro has been spearheading efforts for enhancing the use of solar power to reduce impact of increasing energy tariff and mitigate environment depletion. “DMRC was involved in this mega solar project since April 2016 and played a crucial role in drafting project documents. Team of officials from DMRC and RUMSL, through diligent detailing, robust project preparedness, keeping appropriate distribution of risks, have achieved a record low first year tariff of Rs 2.97, for solar energy,” said the statement from Delhi Metro.
Describing it as the world’s largest single site project, Delhi Metro officials said the 750MW solar project in Rewa, Madhya Pradesh, is likely to become operational from June 2018. “DMRC also has a target of commissioning 20 MWp rooftop solar plants by the end of 2017 on its premises and has successfully commissioned 16 MWp capacity till date and already signed power purchase agreements for 31.50 MWp,” added the Delhi Metro official.