Noida Metro Rail’s eco-friendly Green Substations to run on Solar Energy

Noida: The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation on Thursday invited tenders for two ‘green’ electrical receiving substations in the city to cater to the energy needs of the upcoming Noida-Greater Noida Metro corridor.

To be built at sectors 83 and 153, the two substations will have a series of eco-friendly features, like solar power panels, LED bulbs, carbon dioxide sensors and a rainwater harvesting system, officials said. There is also a proposal for the substations to generate their own power for their lighting and air-conditioning needs.

According to officials, the tenders to set up the two sub-stations and lay extra high-voltage (EHV) cables along the 28.8-km route have been invited from across the globe. They said a pre-bid meeting has been scheduled for June 10 and an agency will be finalized by July 7.

The receiving substations, which convert electric power to an appropriate voltage and frequency for the Metro network, will be of 132 kV each and are expected to be built at a cost of Rs 100 crore. The selected agency will be responsible for the design, engineering, supply, installation, testing, commissioning and training of the substations.

Among features proposed for the sub-stations are LED bulbs for the entire indoor and outdoor lighting, for minimal power consumption, and carbon dioxide sensors to help maintain good air quality. Solar power panels and rainwater harvesters will also be installed on the premises. Officials said construction of the substations, including incoming cabling from UPPTCL, will be done at two central locations along the route at Noida sectors 83 and 153. They work is expected to take 24 months.

DMRC has also proposed large-scale utilization of solar energy along the track. Metro stations on the route will be environment friendly, and the depot will also be equipped with solar panels, said officials.

Work on the route, which is estimated to cost Rs 5,526 crore, is likely to be completed by December 2017. Uttar Pradesh CM Akhilesh Yadav is expected to lay the foundation stone for the project.