Chennai’s MGR station is 100 per cent powered by solar energy

The M.G. Ramachandran (MGR) Railway Station in Chennai (Central Station) meets its 100 per cent energy requirement during the day through solar power. The station has constructed a 1.5 MW solar power project, and all energy needs at the stations will be met by this solar power in the future.

South Central Railway station (SCR) is the first on Indian Railways to introduce the concept of ‘Energy Neutral’ railway stations, which are capable of fulfilling 100 percent of energy demand by utilising natural solar electricity via Solar Photo Voltaic (SPV) panels installed on approximately 13 station structures. As per the reports, Southern Railway has saved Rs 166 million from renewable energy sources in the fiscal year 2019-20.

Solar panels have been erected at a number of locations and railway stations, including Chennai Central, the MMC complex, Katpadi, Tambaram, Mambalam, Guindy, and Chengalpattu suburban stations, as well as several other railway offices. Further, wind power plants have been established in Tuticorin district, Madurai division of Southern Railway, near Gangai Kondan/Kadambur Railway stations. The entire capacity of Southern Railway’s wind power installations is 10.5 MW.

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