Solar Power and Station Revamping : Indian Railways

Updated : 23.7.2016

Indian Railway decided to launch many passenger amenities in the Railway stations as pat of modernization and revamping of Stations and Station premises. The new initiatives among this are installation of solar panels in the railway stations. Following are the details. 

Solar Power in Railway Stations

Solar Power in all Railway Stations by Indian Railway
Solar Power in all Railway Stations
Indian Railway decided to use solar power as an alternate Sources of Energy in Railway Stations and Railway started to install solar panels in all Railway buildings. There are many benefits for using solar power. 
Five key benefits of Solar power are
  • Silent producer of energy
  • zero emission
  • Cost effective
  • Requires little maintenance
  • Sustainabel and Renewable

Following are some details related to this. 
Indian Railways proposes to harness 1000 Mega Watt (MW) solar power by 2020. As part of this, about 500 MW solar plants are planned on rooftop and about 500 MW through land mounted panels. 
Indian Railways proposes to harness about 150 MW wind energy, by itself or through Railway Energy Management Company Limited (REMCL). 
Vision 2020 Document provides for Indian Railways sourcing of at least 10% of electricity used from renewable energy sources. A total of about 50 MW renewable energy capacity has been installed till date, including approximately 13 MW solar and 37 MW wind plants.

Railway Stations Redevelopment Under PPP Model 

Indian Railways has advertised its plan to redevelop ‘A-1’ and ‘A’ category stations (about 400 in number) on ‘as is where is’ basis, by inviting proposals from developers with their designs and business ideas. The entire cost of station redevelopment is to be met by leveraging commercial development of land and air space in and around the stations. 
In addition to above, redevelopment of eight stations viz., Anand Vihar, Bijwasan, Chandigarh, Gandhinagar, Habibganj (Bhopal), Shivaji Nagar (Pune), SAS Nagar (Mohali) and Surat has been entrusted to Indian Railway Stations Development Corporation Ltd. (IRSDC). which is subsidiary of Rail Land Development Authority and IRCON.
Model Development Agreement has been finalized by IRSDC, which envisages redevelopment of stations, associate real estate development and their operation and maintenance (O and M) through a developer, to be appointed following a transparent bidding process. Bids for redevelopment of Habibganj station have been finalized and development agreement signed. Request for Qualification (RFQ) for Anand Vihar station has been finalized and RFQ for Bijwasan station has been opened. 
The business model of station redevelopment project is such that generally there is no requirement of Viability Gap Funding (VGF). However, in the case of Gandhinagar station VGF has been agreed to by Ministry of Railways. 

Target for New Lines and Coaches in Indian Railways 

Indian Railway also fixed targets on annual basis. For Commissioning of Railway Projects, targets are fixed on annual basis. 
For 2016-17, target of 400 Km New Line, 800 Km Gauge Conversion and 1600 Km of Doubling have been targeted. Targets for next year shall be fixed at the time of preparation of Budget for 2017-18. 
Annual Production Programme of production of coaches for the years 2016-17, 2017-18 and 2018-19 is for 4627, 4312 and 4358 coaches respectively. 

Updated : 08.8.2013


Indian Railways planning to use Solar Energy in Trains to run the AC’s as well as other electrical equipment’s. For creating the Solar Powered train design Indian Railways made tie up with IIM Madras. This project considered to be most challenging job as Indian trains are running various areas with different climate. 
Indian Railways Solar Project

Once the project got success Indian Rail planning implement all over India to Save Energy.  This will avoid existing Diesel as well as other resources cost.  However the projects end time not yet announced.  Existing AC compartments trouble with Battery system several times. So once the Solar power Trains get start running Indian railways expecting to save as Energy as well reduce pollution aspects.