Visakhapatnam: Visakhapatnam Railway Station of East Coast Railway has earned the unique distinction of being the first Energy Efficient ‘A1 Category’ Railway Station over the Division. The station has achieved 100 per cent energy efficiency by replacing conventional lights with light-emitting diode lighting, among other steps. All these measures would save about Rs 3.17 lakh per annum with reduction of the connected load for Railways, said Divisional Railway manager, (Waltair) M.S. Mathur.
As a part of energy conservation measures, 1000 KWp On-Grid power from rooftop Solar Photo Voltaic systems on four service buildings i.e. on Electric Loco Shed, Diesel Loco Shed, Divisional Railway Hospital and on DRM’s office. The Solar Grid-Power commissioned under PPP model including operation and maintenance of the systems for a period of 25 years. The project cost is about Rs 8 crores. As many as 3,360 solar panels have been provided for the generation of 1 Mega Watt power.