The Government of India under Solar Mission has set a target of installing 20,000 MW of Solar Power by 2022. Responding to this, the Indian Railways has planned to base 10% of its electricity demand on green energy by 2020 and commission 1,000MW of solar power capacity in the next five years.
Persistent Foundation also supports Solar Power Generation under their Green Initiative.
Consistent with the Green Initiative of Indian Railways and Persistent Foundation, on 29th Sep. 2016, Persistent foundation has signed a MoU with Secunderabad Division of Railways for Funding, Installation and Commissioning of a 225 kWp Solar Power Plant at Hyderabad Deccan (Nampally) Railway station. The system will cater to about 45% of daytime load of Hyderabad Railway Station.
Persistent Foundation will be spending more than Rs. 1.4 Crores on the project. This would be a step in eventually making Hyderabad railway Station a “Green Railway Station”.
Persistent Foundation has also Funded, Installed and Commissioned a 160 kWp Solar Power Plant at Pune Railway Station on June 7, 2016. The Foundation has invested more than 1 crore in Solar Plant in Pune. About 60% of Pune Station’s day-time power requirement will be fulfilled by this plant.
In the present scenario of climate change and emphasis towards adoption of renewable energy resources, this will go a long way in contributing towards a cleaner environment and sustainable development. This project has become a role model for replication by other corporate houses.