Indian Railways takes a big step towards clean energy and energy conservation! As part of its mission to utilise cost-effective renewable energy, three more railways stations of the Central Railway zone are now being powered by wind and solar energy. According to a press release issued by Central Railways, the zonal network has already turned to 100% energy efficient light-emitting diode (LED) lights at its railway stations and service buildings.
The Kochi-based NavAlt Solar and Electric Boats (NavAlt) has received orders for more solar boats from the Kerala government after completing a successful two-year run in the state of the country's first sun-powered ferry, the company said on Monday.
To achieve the solar power generation target, set up by the ministry of new and renewable energy, the Chandigarh Renewal Energy, Science and Technology Promotion Society (Crest), has now planned to install solar plants on cycle stands of all government schools in the city.
In 2014, Crest had installed North India’s first solar cycle stand. The 15KWp (kilo watt peak) solar cycle stand was inaugurated in February 2014 at Government High School, Sector 46.
State-run NTPC has started using farm stubble as fuel at one of the units at its Dadri power plant, a first of its kind move expected to help Delhi and its neighbourhood breathe easy by stopping farmers from burning crop residue – a major contributor to winter smog – and supplementing farm income as well as creating rural jobs.
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