Indian railway to install solar panels along the track

Updated: May 29, 2019

The government’s latest effort to increase electrification of railway tracks, the upcoming solar plants would be designed to use the transmission system built for railway traction — prospectively lowering the tariff of electricity.

With a view to move towards use of cleaner sources of energy and cut down its power purchase cost, the Railway Board has approved a project under which the Indian Railways will utilise its linear land along the tracks to install solar panels.

The tender is likely to be invited by Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI), the government’s nodal agency for solar bidding.

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