Solar Energy to Power Lonavala & Khandala Railway Station

The utilisation of renewable power for non-traction will bring down energy expenses and also help create a “green, safe and livable” world, the Central Railways said in a press release.

In order to promote renewable energy, the Central Railway has installed solar panels, solar trees and water-coolers at Lonavala and Khandala railway station.

Solar panels have been installed on platform number two and three of Lonavala railway stations that produce 76 kW power. Two solar trees have LED-integrated solar panels, the power is used to illuminate the garden area and the station premises of Lonavala railway station. A solar-powered water cooler has also been installed by the zonal railway.

Similarly, at Khandala railway station, a level crossing gate has been equipped with solar panels. Work of installation of solar panels is also on.

 Lonavala railway station on Central Railway’s Mumbai-Pune route will run completely on solar energy after installation of solar panels on the rooftop of two platforms that will generate 76-kilowatt electricity. Energy harnessed from solar panels to the tune of 68,400 (kilowatt-hour) Kwh annually will help Lonavala railway station save in power bills.

A senior official said, apart from Lonavala station, the adjoining railway premises such as the yard at the Mumbai-end, railway crossing and a hut near Khandala station will also run on “clean and green” energy as rooftop-type solar panels and inverter batteries have been installed at these locations.

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