All 438 Cen­tral Rail­way sta­tions to have LED lights by March

Electronics Bazaar - - Led News -

The Cen­tral Rail­way is on its way to in­stalling en­ergy-sav­ing LED lights

at all its 438 sta­tions by March 2018. It also aims to ex­ploit so­lar and wind power in a big way to cut elec­tric­ity bills.

The Cen­tral Rail­way (CR)

and En­ergy Ef­fi­ciency Ser­vices Ltd (EESL) have signed an agree­ment whereby the lat­ter will in­vest ` 300 mil­lion in the project. While 250 sta­tions have al­ready switched over from the con­ven­tional to LED light­ing, the re­main­ing 188 will be pro­vided LED lights by March 2018.

As for EESL’s in­vest­ments, the CR will re­pay it in in­stal­ments from sav­ings that ac­crue from lower en­ergy bills (while re­tain­ing a part of the amount saved) in five years, mak­ing it a win-win sit­u­a­tion for both or­gan­i­sa­tions. The EESL will re­place de­fec­tive fit­tings and equip­ment, due to which an­nual en­ergy sav­ings are es­ti­mated to be 14 mil­lion units, sav­ing ` 131.4 mil­lion in the process.

To con­serve en­ergy and re­duce en­ergy bills, and to pri­ori­tise adop­tion of green sources of en­ergy, the CR has al­ready in­stalled 28 so­lar power generation plants with a to­tal ca­pac­ity of 924kWp. Ten plants are in Mum­bai, in­clud­ing at the Matunga work­shop; nine in So­la­pur; and three each in Pune, Nag­pur and Bhu­sawal in Ma­ha­rash­tra. Ad­di­tion­ally, wind-cum-so­lar en­ergy plants have been set up at eight lo­ca­tions with a to­tal ca­pac­ity of 44kWp. In­de­pen­dent so­lar plants with a com­bined ca­pac­ity of 49kWp, have come up at sev­eral small sta­tions, level cross­ings and to power street­lights at 953 lo­ca­tions.

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