MS. ANGELA MERKEL, GERMAN CHANCELLOR VISITS SOLAR PLANT AT DWARKA SECTOR 21 METRO STATION
Angela Merkel, Chancellor of Germany, visited DMRC’s first roof top solar power
plant installed in 2014 at Dwarka Sector – 21 metro station. The plant has been
in operation for more than 05 years and has generated 3.3 Million units since
commissioning, thereby meeting nearly 35% of the energy requirement of the
plant is a shining example of Indo – German collaboration in the field of
renewable energy. During the visit, she was accompanied by Ms. Julia Klockner,
Minister for Food & Agriculture, Germany.
had installed 500 kWp solar plant on the roof of this metro station in 2014,
based on the feasibility report prepared by GIZ, Germany and vetted by Lehmeyer
October 2012, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed by DMRC with GIZ (Gesellschaftfür
Internationale Zusammenarbeit), a Non-Profit group of Germany to
develop a feasible business model using solar photovoltaic technology for
electricity generation and demonstration. GIZ had surveyed DMRC premises, &
prepared reports for three sample sites (Yamuna Bank Depot for Inclined Roof,
Yamuna Bank metro station for Curved Roof, and Dwarka Sector – 21 metro station
for Flat Roof).
implementation of this pilot project of 500 kWp capacity with the support of
Solar Energy Corporation of India, paved way for many more Solar
Roof Top installations and till date 32.4 MWp of roof-top solar capacity has
been commissioned on DMRC premises in Delhi and NCR.
This rooftop capacity of 32.4 MWp is spread over 14
metro train depots, 61 metro stations and 3 residential complexes of DMRC. All
these are on RESCO model, where No capital investment is made by DMRC. The
installed capacity of 32.4 MWp will cut down CO2 emissions by
nearly 34,000 tonnes per year and this solar project is registered under Clean
Development Mechanism with UNFCCC and will earn carbon credits for DMRC.
Keeping in view the alarming pollution level in the
city, visit of German Chancellor to the solar plant installed on a public
transport network, puts the spot light back on the need of using clean energy
and to identify steps to cut down emissions.
On the occasion, MD, DMRC Dr. Mangu Singh reiterated
DMRC’s commitment to provide reliable, sustainable and clean transport system
to the city.