Chennai Metro Rail to install solar streetlights at its staff quarters

CHENNAI: Chennai Metro Rail will install 50MW solar streetlights at its staff quarters in Koyambedu to maximise its use of renewable energy. 

CMRL has invited tenders for the purpose. This will be in addition to installation of such lights at various metro stations and solar panels to be set up to generate 6MW power. Officials said a total 35 such lights would be installed with a lithium-ion battery backup in six months after the contractor is chosen. 

Earlier, CMRL installed 25 such solar streetlights with similar capacity and battery backup at various stations including Koyambedu and Alandur. CMRL has already taken efforts to reduce its electricity consumption by first installing solar panels in administrative office at Koyambedu. The photovoltaic panels with a capacity of 1MW were setup to generate power for its depot and admin office.

Last year, CMRL signed an MoU with a Mumbai-based company to design, manufacture and install solar PV panels, with a capacity of 6MW, in 25 different locations. 



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