Indian Railways Goes Green in Pune Division, Saves Crores in 2017

“Pune Division is serious about saving energy, and effective steps are being taken in this direction," said the Pune Divisional Railway Manager.

Indian Railways have saved a total of Rs 1.45 crores in 2017 by using solar energy in the Pune Railway station!

In addition to the railway station, the Pune division uses solar energy at its workshops and reservation units as well. Furthermore, conventional bulbs have been replaced with LED fittings which contribute to the total energy savings.

Milind Deouskar, who is the Divisional Railway Manager (DRM) at Pune told the Indian Express, “Pune Division is serious about saving energy, and effective steps are being taken in this direction. This has been possible after replacing traditional lights with LED and solar-powered devices and using solar-powered equipment in other places. The Pune division has saved Rs 1.45 crore after using solar energy.”

The Pune Railway station uses a solar-powered UPS (Uninterruptible Power Supply) in its reservation centre and solar water heaters in their ‘running rooms’ of Miraj and Ghorpadi.

According to a report by the Indian Express, Pune division had successfully saved 14.54 lakh units of electricity last year.

The solar panels in Pune railway station. Image source: Twitter/Indian Express.

“Two solar power generation plants of 160 KW capacity have been installed at Pune Railway Station with the financial help of Persistent Foundation. Apart from this, lights and fans are also being run on the Daundaj Station with 10 KW capacity,” Deouskar told Indian Express.

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An Energy Performance Agreement has been signed with Energy Efficiency Services Ltd to save the use of conventional electricity. They plan to save about 7.31 lakh Kwh units, which will, in turn, save Rs 61.35 lakh every year.

Speaking about the Energy Performance Agreement, Deouskar said, “Under this, conventional light fittings, fans and ACs in the stations and offices will be replaced by the new star-rated energy equipment.”

Featured image for representation of Indian Railways. Source: Wikimedia commons.

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