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INDIAN RAILWAYS GREEN ENERGY INITIATIVES

As there is large wind potential existing in India and therefore, policy guidelines exists for taking up initiatives for setting of wind mill plants in the wind rich areas like Rajasthan, Gujarat, Maharashtra,, Andhra Pradesh & Tamilnadu to provide green and clean energy to IR.

JOURNEY SO FAR:

GIANT LEAP TOWARDS GREEN FUTURE

This green energy project of Indian Railways assumes great importance in the wake of the growing concern of environmental pollution and global warming issues on one hand and the depletion of fossil fuels on the other hand and also shortage in energy demand and hence is in complete agreement to the “Go-Green” slogan propagated internationally.

Indian Railways first ever Wind Mill Project of capacity of 10.5 MW was commissioned on 30.03.2009 in Triunelveli Distt. Tamilnadu for meeting energy demand of Integral Coach Factory (ICF), Chennai. These wind turbines have generated about 100 million units so far. The project has also been registered with United Nations frameworks Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) which will earn carbon credits of 20000 CERs per annum.

The Project being the first of its kind in Indian Railways and by any other Government of India Organization. This green energy project of Indian Railways assumes great importance in the wake of the growing concern of environmental pollution and global warming issues on one hand and the depletion of fossil fuels on the other hand and also shortage in energy demand and hence is in complete agreement to the “Go-Green” slogan propagated internationally.

OBJECTIVES OF THE PROJECT

  • Harnessing Green energy for sustainable development.
  • Power will be used for captive consumption.
  • Wind Mill Capacity adequate for meeting ICF’s requirement which is about 23 million units per year. The proposed wind power plant is expected to generate 23.1 million units per year.
  • Being green energy it will reduce carbon emission which will in-turn reduce the ill effects like global warming etc.

WIND ENERGY PROJECTS UNDER INDIAN RAILWAYS

WIND MILLS

Power Generated from Wind Mills is used for captive consumption. Expected Annual Generation from Wind Mills is 25.9 million units(28% PLF) and this will meet ICF’s Energy demand. Excess energy generated from Wind mills will be sold to TNEB. Project qualifies for CDM benefits and annual revenue of Rs.2.0 crores is expected from carbon credits. Project serves as a corporate responsibility towards green energy, taking care of the sustainable development aspect. Since being green energy it will reduce carbon emission which will in turn reduce the global warming etc. Daily Generation Report is available on ICF Railnet Website(Electrical Dept link).

FUTURE PLANNING

Indian Railways has also planned to set up additional 168 MW of wind mill plants. Out of this 10.5 MW will be set up with Railways’ own funding whereas 157.5 MW has been planned through alternate modes of financing. Out of this, contract for 25 MW windmills in Rajasthan have been awarded by Railway Energy Management Company Limited. ( REMCL)target for commissioning in Dec., 2015. For remaining capacity, states having adequate wind speed and proper power evacuation arrangements are being worked out. Bids for part quantity will be invited in Jan. 2015.

DETAILS OF 25 MW (±1) WIND MILL PLANT IN RAJASTHAN

Salient Feature:

  • Railway Board Mandate: Letter # 2010/Elect(G)/150/7 dt. 24.01.14.
  • Pink Book 2014-15 Item No.219 of NWR under Plan Head ‘36’.
  • Date of award of work: 21.11.2014.
  • Date of signing of agreement: 18.12.2014.
  • Name of Agency Name of Agency: M/s INOX Wind Ltd.
Project Cost & Various Other Parameters:
Project Cost:

Capital Cost of Project including IDC etc.: Rs 160 Crs (approx.)
Loan/Debt @ 80% (With IDC): Rs 128 Crs
Equity @ 20%: Rs 32 Crs

Location:

Village - Dangri, District - Jaisalmer (Rajasthan)

Features of Windmill:

1. Rating of WTG: 2 MW
2. No. of WTG: 13
3. WTG Hub Height: 80 m 4. Rotor Diameter: 93.3m
5. Capital Utilization Factor( CUF): 22%
6. Anticipated per unit (Kwh) levellised Tariff: Rs. 6.59
7. Annual Power Generation: 48 MUs
8. Power Connectivity to WCR: 3 Nos. TSSs.
9. Location of TSS: Bharatpur, Hindon City & Ramganj Mandi

Commissioning of the Plant:

  • The work has been physically completed.
  • Wheeling and Banking Agreement (WBA) and wheeling agreement (WA) signed with DISCOM and TRANSCO.
  • Other formalities related with commissioning of wind power plant like Interconnection approval from TRANSCO & Metering approval from Jodhpur Discom etc. are completed and the trial runs for stabilization are in process.


INITIATIVES BY ZONAL RAILWAYS


Western Railway is organizing International seminar on Wind Energy- Opportunities in Rail Sector on 20th November. 2015 in Mumbai. Eminent speakers from Govt, Industry leaders, Financial institutions, Research Institutions, Project integrators, energy economist , practicing renewable energy expert will be the eminent speakers of the above Seminar.

The objectives of this seminar are:

• Wind power; key to future sustainability.
• Learn and share experience of International, National, Industry leaders research institutions on implementation of wind energy project in Rail sector.
• New Technologies an innovative solutions for successful wind energy use in Rail sector.
• Discuss, understand and explore growth opportunities of wind energy in Rail sector.