Promoting usage of clean and renewable energy, Ministry of Railways has decided to install solar plant at its buildings and railway stations. It would also come up with land based solar power plants in the country.
Minister of State for Power, Coal and New and Renewable Energy and Mines Piyush Goyal said in Lok Sabha, the less usage of fossil fuels, Ministry of Railways has planned to harness 1000 MW of solar power by installing solar plants on Railway buildings, stations and also land based plants throughout the country.
He said there is also a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) and Ministry of Railways for cooperating in the areas of renewable energy. MNRE also approved subsidy with an estimated Central Financial Assistance of Rs.600 Crore for Grid connected solar rooftops system. The allocation of Rs. 600 Crores is for an aggregate 500 MWp capacity and is not a state-wise allocation.