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Guwahati railway station is 1st in North-East to run completely on solar power

Indian Railways' Guwahati station is the first in North-East to run completely on solar power. As Indian Railways looks to go green and energy efficient, solar energy is being used across the national transporter's network to power stations and even trains! For North-East, where railway connectivity is still a relatively new phenomenon.

The solar power plant at the Guwahati railway station is one-of-its kind. Commissioned in April 2017, the solar power plant at Guwahati railway station is expected to not only reduce the carbon footprint significantly, but also result in electricity cost savings, Financial Express reported.

The 700 KWp grid interactive solar power plant has been set up over the roof of the Guwahati railway station.
 
The total cost of the project, as per Indian Railways estimates, is approximately Rs 6.7 crore. The agency which has provided fund for the green project is CONCOR. The solar plant has been installed by Sahibabad's Central Electronics Ltd.

According to Indian Railways, the total saving of electricity cost on account of the solar plant is Rs 67 lakh.

The total generation of the solar power plant between April 12, 2017 to May 10, 2018 was 7,96,669 KWH. The average generation per day is 2048 KWh.

As many as 2352 solar modules have been installed at the roof-top solar power plant. From April 12, 2017 to May 10, 2018 the carbon dioxide benefit from the solar power plant stands at 6.3 lakh kg.

Talking to Financial Express Online about the project, Pranav Jyoti Sharma, CPRO of North-East Frontier Railway said, "The Guwahati railway station runs 100% on solar power. This is a first of its kind initiative for the North-East and has proved to be immensely beneficial."

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