Kochi Metro Rail Limited (KMRL) has commissioned a 2,719-kW solar plant at the metro’s coach maintenance depot in Muttom.
The ground-mounted solar panels are spread across four hectares. With the commissioning of the plant, the metro agency’s total solar power capacity has gone up to 5,390 kW.
KMRL entered into a 25-year contract with AMP Solar Ventures Private Limited for the plant. It has a capacity of 10,332 units per day at ₹3.66 per kWh or unit.
The savings on metro’s power bill will be to the tune of over ₹1.07 crore every year. Solar panels had earlier been set up at 13 stations and at the depot’s office building at Muttom.
KMRL plans to enhance its solar capacity by another 5,445 kW. The idea is to utilise the depot tracks to instal solar panels. The project will be completed in 2020. Once completed, KMRL’s reliance on solar power will increase to 60%.
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