The project could have given a breather to the JMRC, a loss making entity, which spends Rs 80 lakh per month.
The first time, the JMRC decided to set up rooftop solar panels at eight elevated stations along the 9.25km-long corridor between Mansarovar and Chandpole under the central government scheme. However, the project did not receive approval from the Rajasthan government.
A source said, "The JMRC had earlier requested the Centre to install 2,500 KWP rooftop solar power plants at Metro stations. The Centre had approved the project. However, the proposal failed to take off as the state government failed to give permission," said a JMRC official.
If the project is implemented, it would become the biggest solar plant installed on any government building in the state.
The power generated by 2,500 KWP rooftop solar power plants was expected to meet all the requirements of Metro stations during the day and reduce its dependence on non-renewable sources. "For all Metro operations, approximately 11 lakh units are required. The rooftop plants would have produced 2.5 lakh units which could have been enough to meet all the requirements of stations during the day," added the official.
Sources claimed that it was a cost-effective model to generate power for the Metro. "The JMRC could have purchased electricity at less cost for the next 25 years. At present, the electricity consumption of one Metro station is approximately 1,200 units per day. The panels would have generated electricity for all daytime operations," the official said.
After shelving the 2,500 KWP, the JMRC plans to install 750 KWP after appointing REEL. However, objection was raised by the finance department. "Before the power purchase agreement could be signed, the finance department sent a letter to JMRC seeking queries. It raised an objection not to take a project," said source.
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