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India’s rail group DMRC in deal to develop PV across Delhi metro network

Delhi Metro Rail Corporation and Solar Energy Corporation of India sign MoU to carry out solar power projects in region’s metro premises

A Delhi metro station
Rooftop PV systems are set to be installed at identified Delhi metro stations

Indian rail and solar corporations are working together to develop PV power plants across the metro network in Delhi. Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) and the Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to carry out projects to produce solar power in the Delhi Metro premises.

As per the MoU, both organisations will collaborate for the development of Solar PV projects at identified DMRC Sites for the production of solar energy. This includes ground mounted, rooftop and other possible PV modes.

DMRC said: "The production of solar power through the MOU will help DMRC partially fulfil its energy requirements as well as reduce carbon footprints."

A 500kWp rooftop grid-connected solar PV project will be installed at one of the identified Delhi metro stations. The two organisations will also explore the possibility of developing other sites where solar PV plants can be built.

In order to carry out these projects, DMRC and SECI will constitute a joint development team (JDT), which will consist of senior officials from both organisations.

Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI), which is a not-for-profit company under the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, Government of India, aims to develop solar technologies and solar power plants across India.

DMRC said M/s GIZ, a federal enterprise of the government of Germany, has actively supported DMRC's solar initiative under its COMSOLAR programme to facilitate international cooperation for sustainable development.

Delhi Metro has already taken up a slew of measures oriented towards the conservation of environment and the use of renewable means of energy. In 2011, DMRC was certified by the United Nations (UN) as the world's first metro rail and rail-based system to get carbon credits for reducing greenhouse gas emissions, helping to reduce pollution levels in the city by 6.3 lakh tons every year.