New Delhi: Delhi Metro’s Phase III is expected to be fully powered by solar energy. Last week, Delhi Metro rail signed a purchase agreement for 25 years with (RUMSL) Rewa Ultra Mega Solar Limited, a joint venture between Solar Energy Corporation of India & the Madhya Pradesh government.
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- Under this agreement, Delhi Metro rail will source 345 MUs annually from this project, a statement by DMRC said,”Effectively, the entire energy requirement of phase III of Delhi Metro project.”
- The statement said, it is also likely to result in substantial savings in energy cost for Delhi Metro rail.
- Delhi Metro rail has been spearheading efforts for enhancing the use of solar power for reducing impact of increasing energy tariff and mitigate environment depletion.
- The statement said,”DMRC was involved in this mega solar project since April 2016 and played a crucial role in drafting project documents. Team of officials from DMRC and RUMSL, through diligent detailing, robust project preparedness, keeping appropriate distribution of risks, have achieved a record low first year tariff of Rs 2.97, for solar energy.”
- Describing it as the world’s largest single site project, the 750MW solar project in Rewa, Madhya Pradesh, is expected to become operational from June 2018, Delhi Metro officials said.
- The Delhi Metro official added,”DMRC also has a target of commissioning 20 MWp rooftop solar plants by the end of 2017 on its premises and has successfully commissioned 16 MWp capacity till date and already signed power purchase agreements for 31.50 MWp.”