Bonn, Germany: The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation’s initiative to install roof top solar power plants at its premises has become the first ever Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) Project to be registered with the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) for any Metro or Railway system in the world.
The project has been registered under the ‘small scale category’ for those with a installed solar capacity of less than 15 MW. The DMRC run roof top solar facilities have an installed capacity of 14.983 MWp which translates to an estimated electricity generation of 19,687 MWh annually.
A total of 31 grid connected roof top solar power facilities across the stations, depots, Receiving Sub Stations and residential colonies of DMRC were identified for this project.
The project is expected to generate an estimated 18,506 CERs (Carbon credits), though the exact number of CERs will be available only after verification audit scheduled mid next year. The project was registered in a record time of eight months, on 25th March, 2017, about two months ahead of schedule.
This is the fifth climate change project to be successfully registered by DMRC. Two more projects are in the stage of registration presently. Delhi Metro had earlier been certified by the United Nations (UN) as the first Metro Rail and Rail based system in the world to get carbon Credits for reducing Green House Gas Emissions as it has helped to reduce pollution levels in the city by 6.3 lakh tons every year thus helping in reducing global warming.
The UNFCCC has already registered the Delhi Metro in two categories for promoting Clean Development Mechanism and earn carbon credits: Regenerative Braking and Modal Shift’.
DMRC has come up with a solar policy of its own to utilize as much solar power as possible for its ever increasing energy needs. It plans to produce 50 MWp of solar power by the year 2021. DMRC is trying to utilise the space available at its stations, depots, residential areas and parking facilities to install solar power facilities.