According to reports, announcing the Union Budget for the 2017-18, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said that around 7,000 railway stations will be fed using solar power and work has already began in 300 stations in that respect.
The project is expected to feed at least 7,000 stations with solar power in the medium term. Jaitley also said that regarding this work will be taken up for 2000 stations as part of the government’s 1000 megawatt solar mission.
Addressing the House members, the FM said, ” It is proposed to feed at least 7,000 stations with solar power in the medium term. A beginning has already been made in 300 stations.”
Reportedly, earlier the Indian railways said that it has finalised a solar energy harnessing policy. As per this policy, solar energy will be harnessed on rooftops of railway premises. The project also involved setting up solar power plants through developer mode along with a long term Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) by the railways.
Furthermore, to reduce dependence on fossil fuels, it has been announced that the government intends to expand sourcing of solar power as an important part of the Solar Mission of the Indian Railways.
The Government said that it believes that the primary consequence of using electricity generated by using solar panels will automatically and proportionately reduce the dependence on fossil fuels. Noteworthy that, fossil fuels are non-renewable source of energy and hence it is indeed necessary to keep them preserved as part of the sustainable development model.
In that sense, the development proposed by the government in setting up the solar energy sources in railways is a step ahead towards decreasing the dependence on fossil fuels, while at the same time switching to a more sustainable mode of energy.