Pune: The Pune railway division has saved Rs 1.45 crore by using solar energy at all stations. Light-emitting diode (LED) fittings have been installed in place of conventional lights at all stations of the division, informed a railway official.
Milind Deouskar, Divisional Railway Manager (DRM), Pune, said, “Pune division is serious about energy saving and effective steps are being taken in this direction and we are working in the field of energy saving. This has been possible after replacing traditional lights with LED and solar-powered devices. The Pune division has saved Rs 1.45 crore after using solar energy.”
The division has installed solar LED, solar UPS in the booking and reservation offices and solar water heaters have been installed in Kolhapur, Miraj and Ghorpadi.
“The electricity supply is being done successfully through solar energy at the Pune station. Two solar power generation plants have been installed at Pune station of 160KW capacity, which is set up by the Persistant Foundation under CSR. Apart from these lights, fans, etc, are also being run at the Daund station with the 10KW capacity plant,” Deouskar informed.
“The Energy Performance Agreement has been signed with Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL) for power saving. Under this, conventional light fittings, fans and ACs in the stations and offices will be replaced by the new star-rated energy equipment. This is proposed to save about 7.31 lakh KWh units and will save Rs 61.35 lakh annually as revenue,” he said.
Deouskar also informed that in the future, the proposed ambitious solar power plant at different locations of 1.2 MWP under the ambitious programme in the division would save about 17.52 KWh units with Rs 1.47 crore annually.