India is gradually charting into eco-friendly territories after building its first fully solar powered railway station. The redesigned Guwahati railway station is located in the middle of Gawahati, Assam, India and has an array of interconnected rooftop solar panels that altogether hold up to roughly 700 kilowatts. This amount of solar energy is sufficient enough to power the entire station including the colony area, coach depot, a portion of the Indian Railways and all of the Northeast Frontier Railway. The historic Guwahati railway station first opened 118 years ago and today, it amazingly takes in more than 20,000 passengers per day.
While the Gawahati railway hails as India’s first fully solar powered train station, the country has launched its first fully solar powered airport, Cochin, back in 2016. The Cochin airport has a tens of thousands of solar panels that have a total capacity of over 48,000 kilowatts. The solar energy efficient Gawahati railway station was funded by CONCOR, a division of Indian Railways. The engineers at Central Electronics were the ones that completed the million dollar project and hopefully they will initiate more fully solar powered stations in the future.
Solar energy produces zero air and water pollution, but its expensiveness is what mostly shies people away from converting to it. India isn’t letting the costs deter it from creating a more environmentally friendly place to live. The country has already started building the world’s largest solar energy park called the Pavagada. This solar park is expected to generate approximately 2,000 megawatts of pure energy. When the Pavagada solar park is completed, it will be able to power more than 700,000 households in southern regions of India.