Solar power powers five railway stations in MP

Bhopal Rail Division’s five stations, designated as ‘green’, are fulfilling their entire electricity requirement through solar power.

This is helping the division save a substantial amount of money which was earlier being paid as electricity charges, officials said.

“We are saving about Rs 40,000 each per month by turning these stations into ‘Green Stations’. Their entire electricity requirement is being generated by tapping solar energy,” newly appointed Divisional Railway Manager (DRM) Rajiv Choudhary told reporters here today.

These five stations are Badarwas, Kolaras, Shivpuri, Mohna and Panihar.

A five KW solar power plant each had been established at these stations through which 800 AH (Ampere Hour) batteries were charged. These batteries, through an inverter, supply adequate power to the station to meet their requirement.

To further save power, advance T-5 fittings, LED lamps and CFL lights were being used at these stations, he said.

Asked about Railways’ scheme of turning a number of stations, including Bhopal’s Habibganj’ into world-class facility, Choudhry admitted that work on the plan is going on at a slow pace due to a number of problems, including paucity of funds.

Choudhry, earlier posted in Railway Board in Delhi, informed that Bhopal Division has posted a growth of 45.50 per cent in revenue from April 1 to October 31, 2012.

http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/news/states/solar-power-powers-five-railway-stations-in-mp/article4123473.ece

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