Southern Railway has identified 300 acres of vacant land and 160 acres of land alongside tracks to set up solar plants under power purchase agreement (PPA). The plants on vacant land will have a capacity of 67MWp and those alongside tracks will have a capacity of 40MWp under power purchase agreement.
Tender has been floated by Railway Energy Management Company Limited (REMCL) for around 67 MWp land based solar plants and bidders are doing survey in Southern Railway. Tender for 40 MWp on land alongside the track is expected to be floated by REMCL shortly, according to a statement. There are also plans to provide rooftop solar plants of 2.69 MWp at Perambur and Golden Rock workshops. The total capacity of solar power plants installed by Southern Railway is 4.74 MWp of which 3.985 MWp solar plant was installed under PPA mode and 0.755 MW was installed departmentally.
Solar plants and windmills helped the zone achieve a savings of Rs 16.64 crore from renewable energy sources during the year 2019-20. Solar power panels have been installed at various locations including at railway stations like MGR Central Central, MMC complex, Katpadi, Tambaram EMU car-shed, Mambalam, Guindy and Chengalpet suburban stations, divisional Railway Managers’ offices at Trichy and Madurai, chief workshop manager’s office at Trichy Golden Rock Workshop, at level crossing gates in Nagercoil-Thiruvananthapuram section, signal & telecom workshop at Podanur, Salem Jn, Namakkal, Tirupur and Sivakasi.