GIZ organises workshop to promote solar energy in metro and rail transport sector in India

Saturday, January 10, 2015
Metro Bhawan, New Delhi

GIZ, in partnership with Delhi Metro Rail Corporation Limited (DMRC), the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET UK) and lnstitution of Railway Electrical Engineers (IREE) organised a one day workshop in New Delhi to promote solar energy in metro and rail transport sector. The workshop was inaugurated by the chief guest Mr Navin Tandon, Board Member (Electrical), Indian Railways and Mr. Mangu Singh, Managing Director, DMRC along with senior officials from the organisers. More than 150 representatives from railways, metro rail corporations participated in the event. A small exhibition of solar photovoltaic technologies and components was also organised parallely.

The event was an initiative to highlight the potential of solar energy in the transport sector. It also aimed to inspire the participating organisations to learn from success of implementing solar energy in DMRC stations and buildings. GIZ and DMRC started exploring the potential of solar energy in 2012, and after the successful installation of the first pilot plant of 500 kW capacity at Dwarka Sector-21 Metro Station, DMRC is all set to replicate 20 MW rooftop solar photovoltaic capacity by the end of the year.  The chief guest for the event, Mr Tandon congratulated DMRC and GIZ for their valuable contribution in demonstrating and implementing successful business case for solar photovoltaic plants.

At the workshop, a number of experts from public institutions and the private sector provided insights into policy and business framework for adopting electricity generated by solar energy. The successful history and achievement of German Energy transition was also highlighted during the lively discussions. India has set an ambitious target of achieving 100 GW of solar by 2022 and transport sector is considered to be a large potential area for integrating solar energy specially rooftops.

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