As part of its second anniversary celebrations, Mumbai Metro One announced yesterday that it would go “green” in a big way by harnessing solar energy, switching over to LED lights and other measures.
A subsidiary of Reliance Infrastructure Ltd, the Mumbai Metro One Pvt Ltd (MMOPL) will exploit solar energy for meeting a part of its running needs, and switch over to LED (light-emitting diode) at all metro stations,
its depots and administrative building to reduce electricity consumption.
Rooftop solar panels will be installed at four locations on the MMOPL’s depot and at all the 12 stations on the Versova-Andheri-Ghatkopar line, which is the first metro railway serving Mumbai, connecting the eastern and western suburbs.
The initiative is a part of Mumbai Metro One’s “Go green go clean” campaign launched to mark second anniversary, on Wednesday, of the 11.40 km long line.
The entire solar power generating system will have an installed capacity of 2.3 MW, out of which about 2 MW will be produced from the rooftop installations at stations and remaining from the panels set up at the depot.
The electricity generated from the solar panels will be utilised for non-traction use in activities like lighting, air-conditioning and maintenance.
Mumbai Metro’s auxiliary power requirement for non-traction use is 6.9 MW, 30 per cent of which will be met with solar energy once the system is up and running.
The work on setting up rooftop solar panels will begin soon and take about six months to complete, the spokesperson said.
A total conversion of all lighting at Mumbai Metro One’s depot, administrative buildings and stations to LED lamps will also be undertaken simultaneously and is expected to cut the consumption on lighting by half.