Indian Railways to use surplus land to generate 20 GW of renewable energy: Piyush Goyal

Commerce, Industry and Railways Minister Piyush Goyal on Wednesday said that plans to use its surplus land to generate 20 GW of from ‘Made in India’ or equipment to power its network,.

will be a 100 per cent electricity-driven rail network in coming years which would make it the largest such network in the world, said the minister.

The railway minister  addressing CEEW India’s programme on ‘Powering Livelihoods: Transforming India’s Rural Economy with Clean Energy Solutions, said  “We plan to use a lot of our surplus land and land along the tracks to generate 20 GW (gigawatts)…’Made in India’ or equipment being used to give us 20 GW production capacity of and enough KW (kilowatt) hours to power our entire railway.”

He further added that the railways may need to either expand battery storage or other forms of storage for this.