Date Of Post: 16 Jan, 2018
Pallakad: 11 railway stations in Palakkad & Thiruvananthapuram railway divisions will get rooftop solar plants. “Currently, the Railways pays a tariff of `8.10 per unit to the KSEB. Once the solar energy is produced, the Railways will need to pay only `3.64 per unit for 25 years as per the deal agreed with Azure Power Rooftop Solutions Pvt Ltd.”
Rooftop solar plants with a total installed capacity of 390 kilowatt peak (kWp) will be set up at 7 stations in Palakkad division—
- Mangalore Central
- Mangalore Junction
4 solar plants with a total capacity of 300 kWp will be set up at these stations in Thiruvananthapuram division—
- Central Electronics Ltd, had floated tenders to install, operate & maintain the solar plants.
- The tender document lists A1 category stations such as Ernakulam as well as A & B category stations in the state for the implementation of grid-connected rooftop solar photovoltaic systems atop Railways office buildings & stations.
- Railways officers revealed, the bids of Azure Power Rooftop Solutions has been finalised for Kerala.
- Contracts & tenders floated for installing the rooftop solar plants were based on developer mode, wherein the project developer will do the site survey, design, manufacture, erection testing and commissioning, including warranty, operation & maintenance of the solar panels, according to Railways sources.
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