DMRC Gets 27 MW Power from Rewa Project
Delhi Metro trains will now also run on solar power as the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) has received 27 MW power from the Madhya Pradeshbased Rewa Solar Power Project. This will also be the first time when the DMRC will be receiving power from an ‘offsite source’. “Till now, solar power generated by roof-top solar plants installed in DMRC premises were utilised for auxiliary requirements such as lighting and air conditioning of stations, depots. But, now solar power coming from Rewa would also be used for operation of trains,” a senior official of the DMRC said. He said, an agreement on offsite sourcing of power for the DMRC was signed in 2017. Marking the beginning of this ‘new arrangement’, DMRC’s Managing Director Mangu Singh travelled in a metro train powered by solar energy along with other officials from the JLN Stadium station to Central Secretariat station on the Violet Line. Chairperson, Rewa Ultra Mega Solar, Manu Srivastava, and Director General, International Solar Alliance, Upendra Tripathi, were also present. “The power received from Rewa will be utilised for the operational as well as auxiliary requirements of the Delhi Metro,” the DMRC said. On an average about 345 million units (MU) of power will be received from Rewa in a calendar year. Besides the power received from Rewa, the Delhi Metro generates about 28 MW of solar power through a number of rooftop solar power projects which have been installed at stations, residential colonies and depots. The Rewa Ultra Mega Solar is a solar power plant in Madhya Pradesh’s Rewa district. It has a total capacity of 750 MW and is one of the largest single-site solar power plants in the world.