In order to reduce dependence on fossil fuels, the Ministry of Railways has planned to harness 1,000 MW of solar power through developer mode by putting up solar plants on railway buildings/stations and through land-based plants across the country. This was stated by Piyush Goyal, Minister of State (IC) for Power, Coal & New and Renewable Energy and Mines, in a written reply to a question in the Lok Sabha.
The Minister further stated that the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Ministry of Railways for cooperation in the areas of renewable energy. MNRE has sanctioned and approved incentives for aggregate 500 MW capacity to the Ministry of Railways with an estimated central financial assistance of Rs 600 crore for grid-connected solar rooftop systems. MNRE has not made any state-wise allocation under the 500 MW project sanctioned to the Indian Railways, the Minister added.
Meanwhile, Goyal has also informed the Lok Sabha in a written reply that total accumulative capacity of over 44,235 MW has been installed in the country from various renewable energy sources. These sources include 27,151 MW of wind power, 7,805 MW of solar power, 4,304 MW of small hydropower and 4,975 MW of bio-power.