Guwahati Railway Station first in NE to run on Solar Power

The solar panels on the roof of Guwahati Railway station are powering the entire terminal.

GUWAHATI: Guwahati railway station becomes the first railway station in the northeast region to run completely on solar power, NE Now reported.

The solar power station at Guwahati is one-of-a-kind. It was commissioned last year in April 2017.

The solar-powered station will help in reducing the carbon-footprint as well as cut down power costs.The 700 KWp grid interactive solar power plant has been set up over the roof of the Guwahati railway station. A PP shed has been set up as well.

The project cost an estimated Rs 6.7 crore, as per Indian Railways.The agency which has provided fund for the green project is CONCOR. The solar plant has been installed by Sahibabad’s Central Electronics Ltd. The solar power plant will save Rs 67 lakh worth of electricity.

The solar power plant between April 12, 2017 to May 10, 2018 generated 7,96,669 KWH electricity. The average generation every day is 2048 KWh.

Around 2352 solar modules have been installed at the roof-top solar power plant. Carbon dioxide benefit from the solar power plant is 6.3 lakh kg, from April 12,  last year to May 10, this year.

Pranav Jyoti Sharma, CPRO of North-East Frontier Railway said, “The Guwahati railway station runs 100% on solar power. This is a first of its kind initiative for the North-East and has proved to be immensely beneficial,” the PTI quoted him saying.