Indian Railway is striving hard to achieve the target of net zero carbon emission by 2030. In an endeavour to minimize dependence on fossil fuels, the Northeast Frontier Railway is taking steps to generate green energy more and more by installing solar power plants across the zone. Roof-Top Solar power plants have been commissioned throughout the Northeast Frontier Railway generating 6110.233 Kilo Watt Peak (kwp) till December, 2023. This will, in turn, save 46.83 lakh units that amounts to approximately Rs 3.74 crore annually in energy bills.
Under ‘Go-Green’ mission, 45 stations and other service buildings of Assam have been fitted with solar roof top panel generating 4509 kwp. 24 stations in West Bengal have been fitted with solar roof top panel generating 554.20 kwp; 11 stations in Bihar have been fitted with solar roof top panel generating 390 kwp; 16 stations in Tripura have been fitted with solar roof top panel generating 335 kwp; 02 stations in Nagaland and 01 station in Meghalaya have been fitted with solar roof top panel generating 120 kwp and 10 kwp respectively. Apart from this, 192.033 kwp of solar roof top systems were commissioned at 388 no’s of level crossing gates of Assam, Bihar & West Bengal.
In the last quarter of the current financial year, to meet the energy requirements, NFR is all set to commission 1871 kwp capacity of solar roof top systems in its jurisdiction. These include 892 kwp in various locations of Rangiya Division, 384 kwp in Northeast Frontier Railway Sports Complex, Maligaon. In addition to this, 495 kwp & 100 kwp are planned to be commissioned in various stations and service buildings of Lumding and Alipurduar division respectively.
NFR is committed to utilize solar energy for meeting its energy requirements which will help in meeting power needs of all the stations and save precious expenditure for the Railways and the country apart from being environment friendly.