Southern Railway starts tapping solar power

Solar power-driven water pump installed at Perugamani station

Updated - April 02, 2015 11:30 am IST

Published - April 02, 2015 12:00 am IST - TIRUCHI:

Solar power panels installed on the rooftop of the Perugamani railway station near Tiruchi.— Photo: A. Muralitharan

Solar power panels installed on the rooftop of the Perugamani railway station near Tiruchi.— Photo: A. Muralitharan

Southern Railway has begun to tap solar power for its energy requirements to reduce dependence on conventional sources of energy.

As part of its green power initiative, a solar power driven water pump has been installed and commissioned at Perugamani railway station in the Tiruchi-Karur broad gauge section to draw water using the renewable energy.

The solar equipment consisting of 16 panels with a total 2.2 kilo watt capacity has been fixed at a cost of Rs. 2 lakh atop the new station building under construction at Perugamani. A newly borewell has been sunk adjacent to the station building.

The solar panel is used to power the high horse power motor to draw water from the borewell to the three tanks to meet the station’s requirement and that of the railway quarters situated close to the station.

Eco-friendliness, less maintenance and zero running costs are the prime features of the solar power water pump. Ever since the solar equipment was commissioned four months ago, the system had been running very successfully harnessing green energy with good sunlight.

The initiative, under the Salem Railway Division, is the first of its kind in the Southern Railway zone, a senior official said.

There is a plan to provide solar –powered platform lights at stations such as Mutharasanallur, Elamanur, Perugamani, Pettavaithalai, Kulithalai, Lalapet, Mahadanapuram, Mayanur, Veerarakiyam, Murthipalayam and Pugalur railway stations in the near future.

The matter is under progress with the divisional authorities, the official said.

16 panels of 2.2 kilo watt capacity installed

Panels installed at a cost of Rs. 2 lakh

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