Indian Railways aim to generate 25 percent of its energy demand from Renewable Energy sources by 2025
New Delhi: The Indian Railways could meet up to 25 per cent of its energy demand from renewable energy sources like wind and solar power, said a study by the Council on Energy, Environment and Water (CEEW) on Wednesday. According to the study released here by Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu and Union Power Minister Piyush Goyal, the railways would achieve the target of 5GW of solar power by 2025.
“Indian Railways would need an investment of $3.6 billion to meet the 5GW target,” said the study titled ‘Decarbonising the Indian Railways: Scaling Ambitions, Understanding Ground Realities’. Of the total 5 GW solar power, about 1.1 GW would come from rooftop solar power plants. “We want Indian Railways to become a green engine of growth…
We have set up a target of electrifying the entire network of Indian Railways in next ten years with at least 90 per cent of track electrification in next five years,” Prabhu said.