India’s Nat’l Railway System Commissions 314 MW of Renewable Energy Plants and Electrifies 60,000+ km of Railway Network

Jan. 2, 2024
With these initiatives, Indian Railways hopes to advance towards its goal of becoming a net zero carbon emitter by 2030

Indian Railways, a statutory body owned by India’s Ministry of Railways that operates India’s national railway system, has commissioned 211 MW of solar plants and 103 MW of wind power plants as part of the country’s initiative to reduce carbon emissions and transition to more sustainable energy sources in its transportation sector.

Additionally, Indian Railways has implemented several energy-efficient technologies, such as transitioning to the production of three-phase electric locomotives with regenerative features. 

As part of its initiative to transition to environmentally friendly energy sources, Indian Railways has also committed to increasing its renewable energy capacity to nearly 2,150 MW to produce the electricity required to power its operations.

This announcement follows shortly after Indian Railways revealed that, as of November 2023, more than 60,800 km of the Broad-Gauge network railway tracks have been fully electrified, marking a substantial increase from its previous electrification of only 21,800 km.

The electrification initiative spans across 14 states and Union Territories, with regions such as Delhi, Himachal Pradesh, Telangana, and Uttarakhand achieving 100% electrification of their rail tracks.

With this announcement, Indian Railways hopes to advance towards its goal of becoming a net zero carbon emitter by 2030.

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