Workshop on Utilisation of Solar Energy in Indian Metro and Rail Transport

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New Delhi, 10.01.2015 - GIZ in partnership with Delhi Metro Rail Corporation Limited (DMRC), the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET UK) and lnstitution of Railway Electrical Engineers (IREE) organized a one day workshop in New Delhi to promote solar energy in metro and rail transport sector. The workshop was inaugurated by the chief guest Mr Navin Tandon, Board Member (Electrical), Indian Railways and Mr. Mangu Singh, Managing Director, DMRC along with senior officials from the organizers. More than 150 representatives from railways, metro rail corporations participated in the event. A small exhibition of solar photovoltaic technologies and components was also organized in parallel to the workshop.

The event was an initiative to highlight the potential of solar energy in the transport sector. It also aimed to inspire the participating organizations to learn from success of implementing solar energy in DMRC stations and buildings. GIZ and DMRC started exploring the potential of solar energy in 2012, and after the successful installation of the first pilot plant of 500 kW capacity at Dwarka Sector-21 Metro Station, DMRC is all set to replicate 20 MW rooftop solar photovoltaic capacity by the end of the year.  The chief guest for the event, Mr Tandon congratulated DMRC and GIZ for their valuable contribution for demonstrating and implementing successful business case for solar photovoltaic plants.

In the workshop a number of experts from public institutions and the private sector provided insights into policy and business framework for adopting electricity generated by solar energy. The successful history and achievement of German Energy transition was also highlighted during the lively discussions. India has set an ambitious target of achieving 100 GW of solar by 2022 and transport sector is considered to be a large potential area for integrating solar energy specially rooftops. 


Delhi Metro Rail Corporation Limited (DMRC) is operating 193 kilometres of Metro Rail Network in Delhi NCR and is constructing 140 kms of new Metro lines under Phase – III, which are likely to be made operational by 2016.

Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH is an enterprise owned by the German Government. GIZ implements sustainable development through international cooperation, on behalf of Germany and other partners. With a global footprint in over 130 countries, GIZ leverages its regional and technical expertise for local innovation.

IET (UK) is an international body of Engineers, Scientists & Technologists with global reach of over 150,000 members with online connectivity to professional networks enabling interchange of technical views & solutions on specific problems.

IREE (lnstitution of Railway Electrical Engineers) is an organisation of lndian Railways involved in propagation of knowledge in the field of Railway Electrical Engineering and associated technologies through seminars and workshops in Emerging Trends.

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