6MW solar energy to power metro stations and maintain trains

CHENNAI: Metro stations will soon go green. Solar power will be used to run facilities at the stations as well as for maintenance of trains.

Chennai Metro Rail Ltd (Cmrl) has signed a contract with a private company to install solar panels, with the capacity to generate 6MW of power in total, in all metro stations. While the solar panels atop Cmrl’s Koyambedu building is likely to save more than Rs 1 crore a year, the additional clean energy is expected to reduce expenses further.

A Mumbai-based energy solution provider has won the contract to install solar photo-voltaic panels on rooftops of all metro stations. Power generated by these panels will be used for lighting, escalators, elevators, air-conditioning systems and electrical items used for public convenience.

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