New Delhi: India has set a new standard for the world by setting up a solar power plant at Bina in Madhya Pradesh to directly power the electric train lines in India.
According to Railway Board chairman Vinod Kumar Yadav, India is the first country in the world where such an unique solar power plant has been installed.
As per details shared by Railway minister Piyush Goyal, the project of building a 1.7 mega watt solar power plant has been setup by Indian Railways in collaboration with Bharat Heavy Electrical Limited (BHEL).
The solar power plant is capable of generating approximately 25 lakh units of energy annually and can help in saving Rs 1.37 crore in electricity expenses every year for Indian Railways.
The Indian Railways has a plan of further expansion of the solar power plant to produce 3 giga watts in the coming years. The tenders have already been floated for the project but will take two to three years for completion, informed Railway Board chairman.
According to Railway Board chairmain, the current solar power plant in Bina has been setup on a experimental basis and at present 1.7 mega watt of electricity generation is being carried out as a part of extensive testing.