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Railways can be solar power leader: Suresh Prabhu

Unveils plans to set up solar power plants on rly land under PPP model.

| Mumbai | Published: August 26, 2015 1:09 am
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Indian Railways, the biggest single user of energy, can become the biggest producer of solar power in the country, according to Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu, who unveiled plans to set up solar power plants on its land under PPP model.

He was speaking at the launch of India Green House Gas (GHG) at India Business and Climate Summit 2015. The India GHG Program led by WRI India, Confederation of India Industry (CII) and The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) “is an industry-led voluntary framework to measure and manage greenhouse gas emissions,” according to its website.

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Prabhu also spoke of reducing dependence on traditional sources of energy like coal, and added that railways will strive to look for innovative efforts to promote renewable energy. He stated that 23 per cent of the expenditure goes towards energy. Indian Railways is one of the largest consumers of coal and electricity in the country.

“The time is ripe for business leaders to drive low carbon growth by scaling energy efficient and sustainable business practices,” said Naushad Marshall, Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) president designate & director, Forbes Marshall. He urged Indian companies to sign up for India GHG programme. “Approximately 42 per cent of India’s greenhouse gas emissions come from energy generation and about 76 per cent of that energy is consumed by industrialusers,” Marshall said.

“Each and every (Indian) entity must learn to conserve energy. It makes business and economy plan more efficient,” said Prabhu. “Railways are the largest single user of energy today and slated to become the biggest producer of solar energy,” he said.

“At present railways use solar energy on experimental basis at some stations. There is a need to come up with a globally binding agreement on climate change and we must have a strong domestic strategy,” said Prabhu as he explained roofs of railway buildings being used as solar energy pools. The Railways in its budget outlined 1,000 MW solar plants in the next five years.

“The power and transport sectors in India contribute significantly to India’s emissions. The tools launched today by the India GHG Program will ensure consistent and accountable measurement of emissions,” said Jamshyd Godrej, leading industrialist and Chairperson, WRI India.

(with PTI inputs)

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  1. R
    Jul 22, 2017 at 3:03 pm
    Mr.Suresh Prabhu has the image of an honest person .Ministers cannot really help corruption in an individual capacity. There is a long chain running into connected trade and ministries and the bureaucracy to be handled is a challenge .Earlier experiences have proved that bureaucrats handle ministers .This is even obvious as they later take to political posts.Dr. Manmohan Singh who has addressed the nation from the ramparts of the Red Fort innumerable times was the choice on the basis of his bureaucratic experience and control over other colleagues. Though a Parliamentary form ,most ministers nominated to the Upper House gives the complexion of a Presidential Form of democracy . To mantain command of the Lok Sabha political parties are more interested in seats rather than representatives who will address problems of the area thry represent so that the centre can provide for it. An audit is required of distribution of power, appointment of candidates.Election Commission to wakeup.
    1. Mallikarjun Iyyer
      Aug 26, 2015 at 8:49 am
      why not make it mandatory for railway constructing new roofs to be made of solar panes and save energy by use of fibre gl sheets which can save energy and also several other resources.