Indian Railways plans to tap the sun for energy needs so that it can reduce its dependence on electricity generated by fossil fuels.
The rail network plans 1,000 megawatts of solar-power projects in the next five years, Minister Suresh Prabhu said in parliament on Thursday. Developers can use the railway land and buildings to set up solar panels, he said. The minister was presenting the railway budget for the year beginning in April.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi is asking state-run companies to start investing in clean energy as world’s second-most populous nation targets 100 gigawatts of solar capacity by 2022. India’s armed forces will set up 300 megawatts of photovoltaics by 2019.
The above is an excerpt of Indian Railways Plans 1,000 Megawatts of Solar Energy Projects by Ganesh Nagarajan for Bloomberg. Image Credit: premnath via Flickr.