Mr Vinay Kumar Singh, Managing Director, NCRTC, inaugurated state-of-the-art Solar Power Plants installed at Sahibabad RRTS station and Duhai Depot RRTS station today, on Friday, 22 December 2023 at Sahibabad RRTS station in the presence of all the Directors and senior officials of NCRTC. This inauguration marks another step towards sustainability by the National Capital Region Transport Corporation (NCRTC).
With a total capacity of 729 kW, the Solar Power Plant established at Sahibabad station is equipped with 1620 high-efficiency solar panels. The plant will generate about 10 lakh units of electricity per annum against the annual consumption of about 7.3 lakhs per annum for the auxiliary load of the station, thus making the Sahibabad Station a ‘Green Station with the distinction of being Carbon Negative’. On the other hand, the solar plant at the Duhai Depot Station is equipped with 320 solar panels with an installed capacity of 108 kW.
Earlier in July this year, a solar power plant was also established at RRTS Depot in Duhai with an installed capacity of 585kWp, making this Depot a Green Depot.
This initiative represents a significant stride towards sustainability, as these solar power plants are expected to reduce approximately 1600 tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions per year together. The reduction is achieved by substituting conventional fossil fuel-based power sources with clean and green solar energy. This transition to solar energy aligns with NCRTC’s commitment to reducing its carbon footprint while optimizing operational costs.
These solar initiatives of NCRTC are in line with its Solar Policy adopted in March 2021, aiming to increase the share of renewable energy by generating approximately 11 MW peak of in-house solar power across its stations, depots, and other facilities for traction and non-traction purposes over the next five years.
To contribute towards a clean and green environment, NCRTC has also taken a step towards achieving the highest rating of the Indian Green Building Council (IGBC) Certification. In this direction, NCRTC has recently been honoured with the highest rating of the prestigious ‘Project Award for IGBC’, a Platinum Rating for the Ghaziabad Receiving Sub Station (RSS) and Sahibabad RRTS station. Further, RRTS equipped with a green energy and minimum water consumption system will enhance the overall commuter experience on this green transport model and encourage greater public transport use.
Installing these Solar Power Plants is a testament to NCRTC’s unwavering commitment to sustainability and clean energy practices. This initiative aligns with the objectives of the National Solar Mission. It reinforces NCRTC’s role in promoting clean, sustainable energy sources to benefit the region and the nation.