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KMRL signs for more solar power generation

Kochi: Kochi Metro Rail Limited and M/s AMP Solar India Private Limited have signed the Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) for 2.3MWp Solar Power through a ground mounted solar plant on the land available in the Muttom Depot. The PPA was signed by Shri Thiruman Archunan, Director Projects, KMRL and Shri Shriprakash Rai, Director–Distributed Generation, AMP Solar, in the presence of Shri. A P M Mohammed Hanish, MD, KMRL.This would raise the total solar power generated by the Kochi Metro Rail Project to 6.3 MWp. KMRL has adopted the Renewable Energy Service Company (RESCO) model for both their solar projects, where the vendor would undertake the complete investment as well as the operation and maintenance, and KMRL would purchase power from the vendor. The agreement is on the condition that KMRL will purchase solar power at the lowest rate quoted by the successful bidder for the next 25 years. Currently the Kochi Metro Rail Project has placed solar panels on the rooftop of 16 stations and buildings in the Metro yard. The installation capacity of the roof top project is 4 MWp.

For this new project, KMRL has identified an open space at the Muttom Depot to install the solar plant and plan out solar generation through ground mounted solar modules. KMRL has always taken the effort to make Kochi Metro the most environment-friendly green metro in the country, and we are committed to take up all possible measures to strive towards this goal. Today, we are very happy to add 2.3 MWp more by erecting solar panels in the vacant space at our Muttom yard. We are on the lookout for opportunities to generate more solar power and become more energy efficient,” said Shri. Mohammed Hanish , MD, KMRL.The plant will be commissioned in 9 months’ time. The power generated by the plant will be connected to the power distribution system of KMRL, which will utilize the energy generated by the plant. The plant is capable of producing 34.3 lakh units (KWH) of electric energy per year. With this green initiative, KMRL will be able to save about Rs.63 lakhs per year of energy cost directly, in addition to the indirect benefit of saving in fossil fuels and reduction in pollution.