New Delhi: The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) initiative to install roof-top solar power plants at its premises has become the ‘first-ever’ green project to be registered with a UN framework on climate change for any ‘metro rail’ or ‘railway’ system in the world. The DMRC said that the clean development mechanism project has been registered with the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) under the ‘small scale category’ for facilities with an installed solar capacity of less than 15 MW.
- The DMRC said,”The DMRC-run roof-top solar facilities have an installed capacity of 14.983 MWp which translates to an estimated electricity generation of 19,687 MWh annually.”
- MWp or megawatt peak refers to the peak level of the capacity in MW.
- A total of 31 grid-connected roof-top solar power facilities across the metro rail stations, depots, receiving sub-stations and residential colonies of DMRC were identified for this clean development mechanism project.
- A senior official of DMRC said, the project is expected to generate an estimated 18,506 carbon credits, though the exact number of credits will be available only after verification audit scheduled mid-2018.
- The project was registered in a record time of ‘8 months’ on March 25, about ‘2 months’ ahead of schedule.
- The official said,”This is the 5th climate change project to be successfully registered by the DMRC. 2 more projects are in the stage of registration presently.”
- It had earlier been certified by the UN as the “first metro rail and rail-based system in the world to get carbon credits for reducing greenhouse gas emissions as it has helped to reduce pollution levels in the city by 6.3 lakh tonnes every year thus helping in reducing global warming,” the DMRC said.
- The UNFCCC has already registered the Metro rail in 2 categories for promoting clean development mechanism & earning carbon credits.
- The DMRC has come up with a solar policy of its own to utilise as much solar power as possible for its ever increasing energy needs.
- The official said, it plans to produce 50 MWp of solar power by the year 2021.
- DMRC is trying to utilise the space available at its metro rail stations, depots, residential areas and parking facilities to install solar power facilities.
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