Switzerland-based company ABB is set to deliver solar power inverters to 750 railway stations across the northern part of India, as part of an initiative to reduce the need for conventional electricity sources.
India's northern region is one of the Indian Railways' busiest corridors, carrying more than eight billion passengers annually.
The project will see ABB supply TRIO and PVI series solar invertors with power configurations ranging from 5kW to 50kW, which are to be installed based on the individual size and requirements of each station.
The programme will form a part of the solar installations planned for development by Azure Power.
Azure Power chairman and CEO Inderpreet Wadhwa said: “Azure Power has superior rooftop solar power solutions for infrastructure, commercial and industrial customers in cities across India to lower their energy costs and meet their greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reduction targets.
“We are pleased to partner with ABB and Indian Railways in reducing GHG emissions through deployment of solar energy at railway stations across India.”
Indian Railways operates more than 12,500 trains and serves an estimated 23 million passengers every day.
The company also operates 8,000 stations located across the country and currently involved in the construction of solar plants to reduce the usage of fossil fuels and supply clean power to India's rail networks.
Indian Railways currently possesses a renewable energy generation capacity of 36MW, which is planned to be increased to 1,000MW.
Image: ABB will deliver solar inverters to 750 railway stations in India. Photo: courtesy of ABB.