DELEGATION OF INTERNATIONAL SOLAR ALLIANCE VISITS DELHI METRO, DMRC'S SOLAR INITIATIVES HIGHLIGHTED
A delegation of ministers and delegates from the International Solar Alliance (ISA) member countries visited the Delhi Metro today where DMRC presented its solar success story in front of the international delegates.
The delegation is currently in Delhi attending the 2nd assembly of the ISA. The International Solar Alliance (ISA) was launched in 2015, with the intent of bringing together all the countries lying fully or partially between the Tropic of Cancer and Capricorn on to One International platform.
Since then ISA has grown to have 121 prospective countries with 79 signatory member countries and it is the first international body to have a secretariat in India, located at Gurugram. The first assembly of ISA was held in Delhi on 02nd October 2018 and the second assembly is presently being held in Delhi.
The presentation by DMRC showcased the initiatives taken by Delhi Metro, which involves both long term tie-up of utility scale solar project and rooftop solar projects on Metro stations. It was also discussed how it has economically benefitted the organization besides achieving the distinction of being the first Metro in the world to go green.
On the occasion MD, DMRC Dr. Mangu Singh, highlighted that Delhi Metro is meeting 35% of its total energy requirement (of approximately 1100 Million units) from Renewable sources and is one of the greenest metro systems in the world and will continue to further redefine its energy mix by using more renewables, progressively.
Director General, International Solar Alliance, Sh. Upendra Tripathy has also commended DMRC for its achievements in enhancing the use of Solar energy and said that DMRC is a role model for many other organisations to follow.
DMRC started its solar journey in October 2012, by signing an MOU with GIZ, Germany and has been making all possible efforts to contribute towards National Solar Mission target of producing 175 GW electricity from renewable sources by 2022.
Delhi Metro Rail Corporation Ltd has set the target to install 50 MWp Solar PV Plant on flat / curved roof of the stations, Train Depots and other buildings owned by DMRC by 2022, and till date has commissioned 32.4 MW on DMRC premises.
In addition to above, since 18.04.2019, DMRC has become the first metro to procure Solar Power from the 750 MW plant located on RESCO basis through an Inter State Open Access arrangement, where the complete installation cost of solar plant will be borne by the solar developer and DMRC will have to only pay for the energy generated by these plants at a rate as agreed in power purchase agreement.
The power received from Rewa is being utilised for all the operational requirements of the Delhi Metro, including the operation of metro trains.