Phase-III of Delhi Metro is going to be fully solar powered. Three Power Purchase Agreements and a unique Co-ordination Scheduling Agreement, for a period of 25 years, were signed in this regard on Monday. “DMRC has become the first Metro to procure Solar Power on RESCO basis as Inter State Open Access Consumer,” read the corporation’s statement.
The agreement was signed with Rewa Ultra Mega Solar Limited — joint venture of Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) and Government of Madhya Pradesh–, Solar Power Developers (Mahindra, ACME Solar and Solenergi) and MPPMCL, in the presence of Union Minister for Urban Development M Venkaiah Naidu, Union Minister for Power, Coal, New and Renewable Energy and Mines and Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh Shivraj Singh Chouhan.
The 750 Mega-Watt solar project, which is being set up at Rewa in Madhya Pradesh, will be one of the largest solar plants in the world and is likely to be operational from June, 2018. “The DMRC will source 345 MUs annually from this project, effectively the entire energy requirement of Phase–III of Delhi Metro project, and this would mean substantial savings in energy cost for Delhi Metro,” the statement read.
The DMRC has been involved in this mega solar project since April, 2016 and has played a crucial role in drafting project documents. It also has a target of commissioning 20 MWp rooftop solar plants by the end of 2017 on its premises and has successfully commissioned 16 MWp capacity till date and already signed the Power Purchase Agreements for 31.50 MWp.
The event witnessed the presence of senior officers from DMRC, including Anoop Kumar Gupta, Director, who has been instrumental in the effort for use of solar power, to reduce the impact of increasing energy tariff and to mitigate environment depletion.