All 438 Central Railway stations to have LED lights by March
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.