Mumbai: From May, MMOPL (Mumbai Metro One Private Limited) will source 30 per cent of its non-traction energy requirement through solar panels which have been installed at Andheri & Ghatkopar Metro stations. The initiative is a part of Mumbai Metro One’s `Go Green Go Clean’ campaign launched to mark its second anniversary. Metro One’s annual auxiliary power requirement for non-traction use is approximately 11MW.
- The solar photovoltaic (PV) plants are being set up on Renewable Energy Service Company (RESCO).
- A power purchase agreement (PPA) has been signed with the vendor to setup & operate the plant for 25 years on a fixed tariff of Rs 5.10/unit.
- “We will purchase the electricity at Rs 5.10 per unit and all the expenses, including installation, operations and maintenance will borne by the vendor,” an MMOPL spokesperson said.
- The entire rooftop solar power generating system will have an installed capacity of about 2.30 mega watt peak (MW) which will generate 3.2 million units per year.
- Also, Mumbai Metro has initiated the retrofit installation of LED lighting at stations, depot & administrative buildings to reduce its electricity consumption.
- “Electricity generated from the solar panels will be utilized for operations of various stations equipment such as lighting, air-conditioning, lifts, escalators and pumps,” the spokesperson said.
- A total conversion of all lighting at Mumbai Metro One’s depot, administrative buildings & stations to LED lamps will also be undertaken simultaneously and is expected to cut the consumption on lighting by half.