In year, Indian Railways consumes 18.25 billion kilowatt hours (kwh) of electricity, 1.8 per cent of the country’s total. Its annual diesel need is 2.78 billion litres.
In a recent presentation, it said 1,000 Mw of solar units were envisaged to be set up by developers on railway or private land and rooftops of rail buildings, at their own cost; the ministry of new and renewable energy would give a subsidy or viability gap funding for five years.
Of the 1,000 Mw of solar units planned, half are planned as rooftop installations through developers and the rest as land-based systems.
In wind energy, of the 200 Mw plan, about 40 Mw is in operation — including 10.5 Mw capacity at the Integral Coach Factory in Chennai and a 26 Mw unit at Jaisalmer, in October 2015. “Tenders will soon be issued for wind power plants in Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra,” said the official quoted earlier.