The Indian Railways has set up a 1.7-megawatt solar power plant in Bina in Madhya Pradesh. Indian Railways plan to use the energy generated from this plant to run the trains. This is a big move by the Indian Railways towards the environment. This will help reduce pollution and thereby carbon footprints.
The Railways plan to save almost 1.37 crore annually from this solar power plant. It will commission the plant in the next 15 days.
Indian Railways has set up a target to transform itself as ‘Net Zero’ Carbon Emission Mass Transportation Network by 2030. The Bina Solar Plant is one step towards this mission.
The Indian Railways collaborated with Bharat Heavy Electrical Limited (BHEL) to set up this solar power plant. They conceived it as a pilot project, and if found successful, the Indian Railways plan to replicate similar solar plants across India.
Interestingly, this solar plant has been completed in just 8 months. The foundation for the Bina solar power plan project was laid in November last year, and testing on the solar plant started last month after completion of its set up.