The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) opened its newest Badarpur-Faridabad line to the public recently and is the first of many routes that will run on solar power.
Global renewable energy firm SunEdison has installed eight rooftop solar systems along the Badarpur-Faridabad line, which will generate about 1.9 MW of clean and cost effective solar power. This is the first of many routes in DMRC network to integrate solar into the design of the building. This is just one in a series of projects that will help meet the recent directive of the Ministry of Power that requires coal-fired plants to bundle their electricity with solar generated power.
The SunEdison’s rooftop solar systems have been installed on the roofs of the stations and depot and are expected to generate 2.5 gigawatt-hours of solar power annually and avoid the emission of 1,700 metric tons of carbon dioxide each year, the equivalent of taking 363 cars off the road or preventing more than 800 metric tons of coal from being burned. About two million people daily will rely on this clean and reliable energy through DMRC. These rooftop systems took only about two months to build and will generate cost effective and clean energy for another 25-30 years with minimal maintenance. SunEdison is even building 1.7 MW solar syatems for DMRC at Yamuna Bank station and Yamuna Bank yard. The maintenance for these projects will be handled by SunEdison Services that provide 24/7 global asset management, monitoring and reporting services.
The SunEdison rooftop solar systems installed on the Faridabad line represent the DMRC’s commitment to clean energy and bringing best technology and expertise to support its network, a DMRC representative said.