With the aim of creating a “green corridor” in Bharatpur-Kota rail section, Indian Railways will commission a 26 MW wind mill plant in Jaisalmer in Rajasthan today.
Indian Railways, one of the biggest consumers of energy, has set up the wind mill plant in Rajasthan to generate 50 million units of electricity per year.
The electricity generated from the plant will be utilised for powering three traction substations – Bharatpur, Hindaun and Ramganj Mandi in Bharatpur-Kota section of Delhi-Mumbai trunk route which will now be the first railway green corridor, Indian Railways said.
The project, the biggest renewable energy initiative by the national transporter, is being set up at an estimated cost of about Rs 150 crore.
The plant has been established by Railway Energy Management Company (REMC), a joint venture of railways and RITES.
Harnessing green power, Indian Railways is planning to source 1000 MW solar power over the next five years besides establishing a 132 MW wind mill plants by REMC.
Earlier, railways had established its first windmill plant of 10.5 MW capacity at a cost of about Rs 65 crore in Tamil Nadu in 2009. It has generated over 120 million units of electricity since its commission.
As per the plan, Indian Railways is also using bio-diesel as energy mix so that long term dependence on fossil fuel can be reduced.