NEW DELHI (Metro Rail News): A delegation of ministers and delegates from the International Solar Alliance (ISA) member countries visited the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) on Friday and lauded DMRC saying the company is a role model for many other organizations to follow for its successful use of solar energy for operating metro stations and its premises.
Delhi Metro has set up a target to install 50 Mega Watts Solar Plant on flat/curved roof of the stations, Train Depots and other buildings owned by DMRC by 2022, and to date has commissioned 32.4 MW on DMRC premises.
DMRC has also showcased the initiatives taken by Delhi Metro, which involves both long term tie-up of the utility-scale solar project and rooftop solar projects on Metro stations. It was also discussed how it has economically benefitted the organization besides achieving the distinction of being the first Metro in the world to go green.
“Delhi Metro is meeting 35 percent of its total energy requirement (of approximately 1100 Million units) from Renewable sources and is one of the greenest metro systems in the world and will continue to further redefine its energy mix by using more renewables, progressively,” said Mangu Singh, Managing Director, DMRC.
DMRC started its solar journey in October 2012. DMRC has become the first metro this year to procure solar power from the 750 MW plant located on a Renewable Energy Service Company (RESCO) basis through an inter-state open access arrangement, where the complete installation cost of solar plant is borne by the solar developer and DMRC only pay for the energy generated by these plants at a rate as agreed in power purchase agreement.
The power received from Rewa is also being utilized for all the operational requirements of the Delhi Metro, including the operation of metro trains.
ISA was launched in 2015, with the intent of bringing together all the countries lying fully or partially between the tropic of cancer and Capricorn on to one international platform. Since then ISA has grown to have 121 prospective countries with 79 signatory member countries and it is the first international body to have a secretariat in India, located at Gurugram.