Churchgate station to illuminate by solar energy
The Western Railway has determined to light up entire Churchgate station by solar energy
According to the planning of Western Railway’s Power division, Solar system will be installed on the station and terrace of station’s building. The system to be installed on 2,600 sq mtr terrace will produce 150 lakh units of electricity every year. Currently, the station consumes 25 lakh units excluding the power that is needed to run local trains.
Around six lakh units for the premises of station and 19 lakh units for the administrative building and historical management building are spent every year. But the proposed solar system will produce electricity six times more than required which excludes the power that is needed to run local trains, informed sources in western railway. He also said that this proposal is approved and will be executed within this year.
The project is estimated to be worth Rs 1 crore and additional electricity will be returned to the current grid. The solar system will ease the process of electrification on station benefiting the passengers, informed Sharad Chandrayan, Chief Public Relation Officer of Western Railway.
He also informed that the same project, when successfully completed, will be executed on Mumbai Central and Andheri railway station during the next phase. Some railway buildings have long and broad terraces on western railway route which are considered ideal for solar energy systems.