The Indian Railways has saved electricity bills worth around Rs 2 crore in the previous year with the use of solar energy at the Pune Railway station. The Pune Divison has made use of solar energy at its workshops and reservation units as well as at the railway station. Also, the conventional bulbs have been replaced with LED fittings resulting into an increase in the total energy savings. As per sources within the railway division, Pune Railway station uses a solar-powered UPS (Uninterruptible Power Supply) in its reservation centre and solar water heaters in their ‘running rooms’ of Miraj and Ghorpadi. Around 15 lakh units of electricity have been successfully saved by the division in 2017.
Reports suggest that two solar power generation plants of 160 kW capacity have been installed at the city’s station with financial aid from Persistent Foundation. Also, the lights and fans are operating at the Daundaj Station with a solar capacity of 10 kW. The division has signed an ‘Energy Performance Agreement’ with Energy Efficiency Services for power saving.
The Pune Division also plans to replace the conventional light fittings with new star-rated energy equipment. The replacement is expected to save electricity units worth 7.31 lakh kWh, thus saving Rs 61.35 lakh annually. Reports indicate that the present capacity of the solar power plant in Pune station is 123 kW with average yearly generation of around 255,500 kW.
This apart, under the Pune Division, LED lights have been installed at around 57 of 69 stations.