The installation of rooftop solar panels will be completed by mid-November 2020
Kochi Metro Rail (KMRL) will be achieving 60% energy neutrality shortly by utilising solar energy.
The Metro agency will be commissioning an additional 5.4 MWp capacity system on its buildings and tracks in 2020 to increase the output to 1.57 crore units per year and maintain 60 percent energy neutrality.
The installation of rooftop solar panels will be completed by mid-November 2020 and the rest of the work by December 2020.
This initiative has brought down carbon emissions by 13,302 tpa, which is equal to planting 5,33,033 trees.
KMRL has already completed installation of solar panels at Thykoodam Metro station. Work is progressing at Vyttila, Petta, South, Kadavanthra and Elamkulam. There are also plans to install solar panels at JLN Metro station’s corporate office, track and ramp area at Muttom Depot.
The Metro agency commissioned three large-scale solar power generation systems in the past two years.
Phase-I of the project, which is 2.670 MWp in capacity and capable of generating 36.5 lakh unit per year was implemented through Renewable Energy Service Company in 2018.
This contributed to 60% of the total energy consumed at that point of time. However, the neutrality was reduced by half with the opening of stations in the Maharaja’s-Thykoodam stretch.