Kochi Metro Rail Services and Water Metro will be fully solar powered by 2024, according to Loknath Behera, Managing Director of Kochi Metro Rail Limited (KMRL).
The Kochi Metro requires a total of 20 MW of power to operate.
KMRL currently generates 11 MW of power from its various solar projects, which represents 51% of its total electricity needs. There are considerations for more solar projects.
“We have applied to the government for land to install a solar farm, from which 8 MW of power can be supplied for the metro and 6 MW for the water metro. The possibility of sourcing wind power is also being explored,” said Behera, reports Economic period.
In August, KMRL inaugurated a 655 KW plant at its Muttom yard, bringing its total electrical capacity to 10.5 MW.
A solar power plant with a capacity of 1.8 MW was installed in the same construction site in March. This installation is remarkable in that it uses the open space above the railway tracks of the Kochi metro.
As part of its ambition to achieve 100% energy self-sufficiency, KMRL is also planning to establish a 45-acre solar power plant near Kasaragod in Kerala.
The Kochi Water Metro has not yet been launched. Cochin Shipyard Ltd (CSL) last month delivered the five Water Metro ships built for Kochi Metro Rail Ltd (KMRL).
Interestingly, Kochi International Airport has become the first “green airport” in the world. The airport is entirely powered by solar energy.