Solar LED lights in 11 railway stations in Kerala
Kasaragod: Solar power lights will be fitted in platforms and station buildings of 11 major railway stations in Kerala. The extra power will be transferred to the grids. 7 railway stations under Palakkad railway division and 4 under Thiruvananthapuram railway division are included in the list. The initial works of the project has commenced. The target of the project is to generate 2 MW power from one station.
The solar lights will be fixed in the Palakkad, Shoranur, Kozhikode, Thalassery, Kannur, Mangalore Central and Mangalore Junction under Palakkad division and in Nagercoil, Thiruvananthapuram Central, Ernakulam South and Thrissur stations under Thiruvananthapuram railway division.
The roof top solar power project is implemented by the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE). The coordinator of the project is Central Electronics Ltd. Presently, Palakkad DRM office and railway hospital has solar power plants. The major stations under Palakkad division, including Kozhikode, are using LED tubes for energy conservation.
As per railway records, 75 out of 95 stations have switched to LED lights, which in turn saved 9.37 lakh units of electricity in 2016-17, and also saved Rs 62.3 lakh in the bill amount. The neon boards have begun to be replaced with LED boards. In the past 3 years, 35,490 LED bulbs were distributed to the railway employees in Palakkad division.