Mission Solar by Indian Railways: By harnessing solar energy, the South Western Railway zone has contributed immensely towards the conservation of energy. One of the significant actions taken by South Western Railways in this direction has been the installation of solar panels at railway stations, LC gates, service buildings, etc.
This move will help in meeting the power needs of all railway stations as well as save expenditure for the national transporter. The South Western Railway zone has provided solar panels at 108 stations rooftop as well as seven service buildings, according to a statement issued by South Western Railways.
Some of the major railway stations where solar panels have been provided include KSR Bengaluru, Hubballi, Yesvantpur, Mysuru, Hosapete, Gadag, and Ballari. The seven service buildings provided with solar panels are (Rail Soudha, DRM’s Office-Hubballi; Railway Hospital-Hubballi; Parcel Office Bengaluru; DRM’s Office-Bengaluru; Railway Hospital -Bengaluru; DRM’s Office – Mysuru).
Besides, the Workshops (Mysuru Workshop-500 KWp Capacity; Hubballi Workshop-1000 KWp Capacity), as well as Sheds, have been provided with Solar Rooftop plants as well. Also, solar panels have been set up at Hubballi EMD Shed (of 640 KWp), Krishnarajapuram Diesel Shed (of 240 KWp), etc. Additionally, as many as 299 Level Crossing gates are equipped with Solar Panels.