New Delhi: A workshop on “Latest development in field of Solar Energy and challenges thereof” was organized by the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) in collaboration with Institution of Railway Electrical Engineers (IREE), Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET – Delhi Chapter) at the India International Centre (IIC) today. Sh. Ashwani Kumar Kapoor, Member (Electrical), Railway Board was the Chief Guest for the event and Dr.Mangu Singh, Managing Director (DMRC) was the Guest of Honour. The event was attended by the senior DMRC officials, Railway officials, and the officials from other Metro rail Organisations of India.
Speaking at the occasion, Dr. Mangu Singh said ‘The workshops like this provide an effective platform to deliberate on the challenges being faced by all the stakeholders in realising the ambitious plan of Govt. of India to achieve 40 GW roof top Solar power generation capacity by 2021.’ Dr. Singh further added, ‘Delhi Metro is dedicated to provide Environment friendly system to the nation. As part of it, DMRC has set its own solar mission, for which DMRC is installing Solar PV(Photo Voltaic) power plants at various locations in the existing and upcoming networks of DMRC.
As on date, DMRC has commissioned 6.3 MWp of Roof top Solar Plants. Further, DMRC has signed Power Purchase Agreements (PPA) for 32 MWp roof top Solar power plants. Delhi Metro Rail Corporation Ltd has a target to implement 50 MWp Solar PV Plant on flat/curved roof of the stations, Train Depots and other buildings owned by DMRC inclusive of upcoming Metro stations by 2021. In addition, DMRC is also planning to have electricity from offsite solar power plants of approx. capacity 500 MWp located in other parts of the country like MP, Rajasthan to be carbon neutral for its total electrical energy requirements for next 25 years.
The workshop was addressed by many distinguished speakers from The Energy Research Institute (TERI), Delhi Technological University (DTU), Solar Energy Society of India (SESI), followed by presentations and Panel discussions from experts, Senior officers from Indian Railways, Metro Systems, IIT Delhi and Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI).
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