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Construction : Web Exclusive | January 2018 | Source : CW-India

Kerala aggressive for rooftop solar plants at 11 railway stations

Southern Railway, under its initiative to go green and save on electricity costs, has decided to produce 4 MW of solar power through rooftop solar plants at 11 stations in Palakkad and Thiruvananthapuram railway divisions. Currently, according to reports, the tarrif paid by the railways to the Kerala State Electricity Board is Rs 8.10 per unit. With the installation of the solar energy, the Railways will have to pay a mere Rs 3.64 per unit for 25 years as per the deal agreed with Azure Power Rooftop Solutions.

Rooftop solar plants with a total installed capacity of 390 kWp will reportedly be set up at seven stations in Palakkad division – Kozhikode, Mangalore Central, Kannur, Palakkad, Shoranur, Mangalore Junction and Thalassery; and four plants with a total capacity of 300 kWp in Thiruvananthapuram division – Ernakulam, Thiruvananthapuram, Nagercoil and Thrissur.

The cost of installing a 10 kWp plant is Rs 7.3 lakh. Reportedly, in Palakkad, a 10 kWp plant at the divisional railway manager’s office and two 10 kWp plants at the divisional railway hospital are already producing power. Similarly, a 10 kWp plant has reportedly been commissioned at the office of the divisional railway manager in Thiruvananthapuram also. The Railways has signed a long-term contract for power purchase from these solar plants with the bidder at Rs 3.64 per unit for 25 years.

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