Azure Power completes first phase of 14 MW Delhi Metro solar installation

The Delhi Metro has been pivotal in easing slightly the city's traffic congestion, and now boasts a fair amount of solar power.

Azure Power, a developer of renewable energy projects based in India, has completed phase one of a 14 MW solar rooftop project for the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC).

Azure was awarded the contract to supply the Indian capital’s metro network with solar power at a tariff of INR 5.55/kWh ($0.083/kWh), with a total subsidy of INR 167.4 million ($2.5 million).

The completion of the first stage of the project at DRMC’s Sultanpur facility precedes further rooftop arrays planned for several metro stations, workshops and parking lots in the city.

Azure Power has more than 1 GW of installed solar PV capacity on its portfolio, and has widening experience in commercial rooftop installations, covering more than 500 rooftops across 10 states.

“Azure has unique rooftop solar power solutions for infrastructure, commercial and industrial customers in cities across India to lower their energy cost and meet their greenhouse gas emission reduction targets,” said Azure Power CEO and founder, Inderpreet Wadhwa. “We are pleased to partner with DMRC in reducing their emissions through the deployment of solar energy in their facilities across New Delhi.”

The DMRC has signed a 25-year power purchase agreement (PPA) with Azure Power on this project, confirmed DMRC director Anup Kumar Gupta. “DMRC has taken a number of green initiatives and steps to reduce its carbon footprint,” Gupta said. “The power generated from solar energy will not only fulfill our energy requirements but will also help in making the city cleaner and greener.”

Delhi residents have long suffered under a cloud of debilitating smog for years, with 2016 a particularly bad year for air quality in the capital. With its streets clogged with diesel-polluting vehicles, the Delhi Metro has gone some way to alleviating traffic and, therefore, greenhouse gas emissions, and the addition of solar power at the DMRC’s many buildings will assist its aim in cleaning up the city’s air.