The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) has started receiving solar power from the Rewa Solar Power Project from today onwards. Today, DMRC received 27 MW power from the project based in Madhya Pradesh and the same will gradually increase to 99 MW.
The power received from Rewa will be utilised for the operational as well as auxiliary requirements of the Delhi Metro. Till now, the solar power generated by the roof top solar plants installed in DMRC premises were utilised for the auxiliary requirements such as lighting & air conditioning of stations, depots etc.
On an average about 345 MU of power will be received from Rewa in a calendar year. In 2018-19, Delhi Metro consumed about 1092 million units (MU) of power for its operations.
To mark the beginning of this new arrangement, DMRC’s Managing Director, Dr. Mangu Singh today travelled on a Metro powered by solar energy along with Sh. Manu Srivastava, Chairperson, Rewa Ultra Mega Solar, Sh. Upendra Tripathi, Director General, International Solar Alliance and other senior officials from the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium Station to Central Secretariat on the violet line.
Apart from the power received from Rewa, the Delhi Metro generates about 28 MW of solar power through a number of roof top solar power projects which have been installed on Delhi Metro’s stations, residential colonies and depots. The Delhi Metro is a pioneer in terms of creating solar power generation infrastructure in the country today.
Rewa Ultra Mega Solar is a solar power plant in the Rewa district of Madhya Pradesh, with a total solar plant capacity of 750 MW. It is one of the largest single-site solar power plants in India and the world.
It is to be noted that in 2017, DMRC had signed a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) to procure 345 Million Units per annum from Rewa Solar Plant at Rs. 2.97 per unit in the first year and at Levelised Tariff of Rs. 3.30 for 25 years. DMRC will be the first metro to procure Solar Power on RESCO basis as Inter State Open Access Consumer, where the complete installation cost of solar plant will be borne by the solar developer and DMRC will have to only pay for the energy generated by these plants at a rate as agreed in power purchase agreement.