The hustle and bustle at Huda City Center Metro station during the early morning hours is no big news but the power needs here is the major concern. Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) is the biggest consumer of electricity in the Indian state of Delhi.
As of now the power requirement of the metro railway services is 150 MV which is expected to reach almost double in the upcoming years when the third phase gets into operation.
Why Metro Decided to go Solar?
Electricity requirement to keep the services smooth and uninterrupted is immense at the metro stations. Its traction system is completely electricity driven, and in addition, other functions like lightning and air conditioning, communications and signaling amongst other things are slaves to electricity.
Solar plants are already installed at the metro stations and are fighting tooth and nail to satiate its power demands. The efforts are not unnoticed. DMRC has also received recognition for its highest capacity installation of solar power plants in stations and depots across its vast network at the first foundation day of Association of Renewable Energy Agencies of States (AREAS) on August 27th, 2015.
Su-Kam was then accorded with the responsibility of installing a 100 KWP grid-tie solar system in the parking area of Huda City Centre metro station. It has an area of 4371.83 sq. m. The parking area is the second largest in the metro network after Kanhaiya Nagar.
The installation has been done following the RESCO business model. Under the RESCO business model, the generation equipment provided is owned by the service provider and the electricity that is generated is made available to the user for a fee which includes capital replacement cost and all operating, maintenance and repair costs.
Hence Su-Kam will set up the solar power plant and then monetize the energy produced for the next 25 years. Su-Kam will also provide maintenance and repair services for all these years.
Technical Specification of the solar project
- 400 Solar Panels of 250 Watt each
- 2 Grid-tie inverters of 20KW each
- 2 Grid-tie inverters of 30KW each
The energy will be sold at a price of Rs 6 per unit which is much less than the amount charged by the utility system. This ground mounted installation at the car shed / bike port, spreading over an area of 1250 sq. meters has used a super structure made of 400 panels. The grid-tie project will supply power directly to the DMRC LT (Low Tension) panel from which it will be distributed to separate operation panels.
How Much Electricity Will it Generate?
The system will generate 1,40,000 units of electricity i.e. Rs. 8,40,000 annually. As the life of such solar system is about 25 years, the station may make Rs. 2 crore worth of electricity over the course of 25 years.
The project which started on August 27th, 2015 was completed in a record time of 15 days. The inauguration on September 23rd, 2015 was graced by Additional secretary (Urban Development Ministry) Sh. DS Mishra and Managing Director of DMRC Sh. Mangu Singh.
Mr. Nitin Garg, the Project Manager said, “The biggest challenge was to complete it in 15 days in an area that has almost 95 percent occupancy. Working during the early hours was almost impossible but with the implementation of a road map, the aim was achieved.”
Mr. Suraj Sai Reddy, Assistance Manager, Electrical Planning, DMRC spearheaded the project. He revealed, “Power requirement at the metro station is soaring and in some years it will be more than 100 KWP. Su-Kam has done a commendable job with experienced workmanship.”
Recently Su-Kam supplied, installed and commissioned 150 KWP grid-tie solar power plant at two sites of IFFCO in Gurgaon . At this rate, India is bound to run on solar very soon.
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