The DMRC and the Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Tuesday to embark on the construction of solar power projects on premises of the Delhi Metro.
SECI is a not-for-profit company under the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy,whose objective is to develop Solar Technologies and solar power plants across the country.
According to the MoU,the organisations will work together towards the development of Solar Photovoltaic projects at identified Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) sites. These projects will be built either on the ground or on rooftops.
A pilot project of 500 KW will be installed at one of the Delhi Metro stations. In order to carry out these projects,DMRC and SECI will constitute a joint development team (JDT),which will consist of senior officials from both the DMRC and SECI, a senior DMRC official said.
The official said,Production of solar power through this MoU will help DMRC partially fulfil its energy requirements as well as reduce carbon footprints. Earlier,a federal enterprise from Germany had actively supported DMRCs solar initiative under its COMSOLAR programme,which is meant to facilitate international co-operation for sustainable development.
In 2011,DMRC was certified by the United Nations (UN) as the first Metro rail and rail-based system in the world to get carbon credits for reducing green house gas emissions,thereby reducing pollution levels in the city by 6.3 lakh tonnes every year.