The Hyderabad Deccan Railway Station; popularly known as Nampally Railway Station has gone solar. Persistent Systems Limited, a Pune based IT giant came up with a flagship initiative of donating solar power plants to Railways. It’s pilot project was a 160 kWp rooftop solar power plant at Pune Railway Station. In a similar arrangement, Persistent has installed a solar power plant at Hyderabad Deccan Railway Station.
The project is funded by the Persistent Foundation, the CSR arm of Persistent Systems Limited. The entire system design, engineering, procurement and construction of solar plants at Pune and Hyderabad have been done by Sunshot Technologies.
The 227.5 kWp solar power system is installed on PF No. 5 & 6 COP area (galvanium sheets) and is first of its kind in South Central Railway. The solar power plant will generate a minimum of 3.15 lakh units of electricity in a year. On a bright sunny day, the system will generate about 1000 units of electricity. The plant is contributing to about 16.4% of the electricity consumption of the railway station.
Persistent and Sunshot have used the best in class modules, inverters and other items like cables, structures, etc for maximum efficiency and power generation.
The railways have benefited of power savings to the extent of Rs. 25.6 Lakhs per annum without any upfront investment. The cumulative savings will be beneficial for a period of 25 years.
It will also make the station greener by reducing 260 tonnes of carbon emissions annually. This equals smoke emitted from about 190 small cars in a year and planting about 43 thousand mango trees in 100 years.
The solar power plant is also synchronized with the Diesel generators along with Discom supply. The entire system is also monitored online through Sunshot’s proprietary online monitoring system. This helps to know the generation on a real-time basis and helps in conducting preventive maintenance activities.