June 21, 2024

NCRTC Reduces Carbon Emissions toward Solar-Powered Transit

Solar Powered Transit is becoming increasingly widespread, and NCRTC is taking a pioneering step in this direction by installing solar power infrastructure in the Delhi-Ghaziabad-Meerut RRTS Corridor to make transit lines renewable. This step is expected to bring about a large-scale shift from fossil fuels towards renewable energy while reducing carbon footprint.

A Three-Megawatt Peak Achievement

NCRTC has crossed the milestone of in-house generation of three-MWp (megawatt peak) of solar power. This also ensures a reduction of 3,100 tonnes CO2 emission annually. The solar power plant at various stations and at various substations of NCRTC is a lead in direction of stewardship of the environment.

The target of 11 MW solar power capacity of the organisation, equivalent to around 11,500 tonnes CO2 reduction annually, has been set to make the project consistent with its green vision.

At present, the solar power plants are installed at the Sahibabad and Guldhar RRTS stations with a peak power capacity of 729 kWp each.

The Duhai RRTS station and the Duhai Depot together with its station too are ready to commission with capacities of 736 kWp, 585 kWp and 108 kWp respectively while the Murad Nagar and the Ghaziabad Receiving Sub Stations are ready to install at 43 kWp and 20 kWp respectively.

The Future of Solar-Powered Transit

NCRTC’s solar initiative forms part of an emerging trend in the transport sector that is positioning solar energy to be the next big addition to the world’s green infrastructure, transforming transportation for positive environmental impact.

Along with installations at other stations under its plan, NCRTC has installed a cloud-based application to monitor energy generation in real time. Each of the captive solar power plants, equipped with more than 1,600 high-efficiency solar panels, will generate more than 10 lakh units of electricity every year per station.

Such measures not only cut huge electricity bills but also stand in harmony with the growing solar capacity in India, which doubled from 1.60 GW in 2013 to 63.15 GW in 2022. According to a media report (Mail Today, 18 May 2017), the installed solar energy capacity in the country had reached 84.27 GW as of May 2024.

Thus, efforts such as NCRTC cannot be sidelined as the country’s solar power potential is vast.

Impact on Maintenance Costs

In contrast to solar transit, solar lighting doesn’t require utility connections and can limit energy running costs. The fact that solar lights typically come in self-contained units with high-efficiency LED bulbs means that they last a long time and can cut the costs of maintenance. The lack of a complex system for solar lighting reduces the installation costs.

Some other ecological advantages of solar-powered transit are huge emissions cuts, economic advantage and lower maintenance costs when compared with fossil-fuel-powered counterparts.

One recent paper suggested a sustainable model of PPP for bus transit in Ahmedabad working on solar power and electric modes where the batteries can be charged through a solar panel at the bus stop.

It is a smart example of transit that is powered by the abundant clean energy supplied by the Sun. NCRTC’s solar power programme is one of many transportation infrastructure initiatives that can help lead the transformation to renewable energy.

As the world’s installed solar photovoltaic capacity increases, public transit infrastructure will increasingly move society forward not only physically but towards an environmentally friendly future.

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