Energy conservation is “Mission Area” on Indian Railways. As part of its mission, three more railways stations of the Central Railway zone are now being powered by wind and solar energy.
Central Railway has already changed to energy efficient LED lights 100% at its stations and service buildings, etc.
Asangaon station of Central Railway has the distinction of being the 2nd station on Indian Railways to become Green Station where all the energy needs are met by solar and wind mill generated power. It was followed by Jumapatti, Waterpipe, Aman Lodge and Matheran by turning green.
Now, Roha, Pen and Apta stations of Central Railway have also become green stations thereby saving precious energy. The power requirements at these stations are now met by solar and wind mill generated green energy which is given below:
Roha station has 15 KWp solar power panel generating around 65-80 KWh power daily. Earlier the electrical load of Roha station was 21 kW while the present load is only 11.81 kW achieving 80% energy saving with solar power. The yearly saving in terms of money value will be Rs.3.54 lakh.
Pen station has 5 KWp solar power panel and 7.2 KWp solar + wind mill generating around 60-70 kWh power daily. The load of 14 kW at Pen station has come down to 7.65 kW achieving 80% energy saving. The yearly saving in terms of money value will be Rs.2.19 lakh.
Apta station has 5 KWp solar power panel generating around 25-30 kWh power daily. The load of 8.52 kW has come down to 4.38 kW achieving 80% energy saving. The yearly saving in terms of money value will be Rs.3.26 lakh.
All three stations have Solar water cooler with a storage capacity of 150 litres each; while Roha has a solar water pump of 3 HP capacity, Apta and Pen have solar water cooler with a storage capacity of 150 litres each. These green stations are provided with most energy efficient BLDC ceiling fans.
The energy data at these stations are monitored on real time basis through building energy management systems BEMS