Going green in its second year of operations, Jaipur Metro has decided to set up rooftop solar panels at eight elevated stations on its 9.25-km-long corridor between Mansarovar and Chandpole. The power generated by 2,500-kwp ‘Rooftop Solar Power Plant’ will be used to meet all the requirements at the stations in day time and would reduce its dependence on non-renewable sources. This will be the biggest solar plant, which will be installed on any of the government building. “For all Metro operations, approximately 11 lakh units are required . The plant will produce 2.5 lakh units which will meet all the requirement of the stations in day time,” said JMRC director (operations) C S Jeengar.
Earlier, the JMRC has proposed to install 1,000-kwp ‘Rooftop Solar Power Plant’. However, proposal was recently forwarded by JMRC to the Centre to install the solar plant of higher capacity. The Solar Energy Corporation of India Limited will finalise a firm which will sign a power purchase agreement with JMRC. The appointed firm will install the rooftop solar panels which will maintain it for next 25 years. “The JMRC has requested the Centre to install 2,500-kwp ‘Rooftop Solar Power Plant’ under its scheme. We have received the approval and work for installation is expected to next year,” said Jeengar.