L&T Hyderabad Metro to get 8 MW solar plants by end of 2019


L&T Metro Rail (Hyderabad) Limited—a subsidiary of Larsen & Toubro—plans to install around 8 MWp capacity of captive solar plants in Metro depots and on station rooftops.

The plants are expected to meet 15% of its total electrical consumption. As on date, 3 MWp capacity has been commissioned and another 1 MWp is ready for commissioning.

Recently, the chief electrical inspector to Government of India (CEIG) for Hyderabad Metro Rail Project, D.V.S. Raju inspected the 1 MWp solar installation at Uppal Depot in Hyderabad Metro Rail premises and related 0.54/33 KV power evacuation substation.

This plant has been developed on RESCO model (capital expenditures covered by the installer) by Ampsolar Generation under a power purchase agreement with L&T Metro Rail (Hyderabad).

Upon successful inspection and grant of sanction from the CEIG, the operational solar plant capacity at Uppal Depot shall be 4 MWp, which shall generate approximately 18,000 units of electricity per day and meet 8% of the total electricity demand.

D.V.S. Raju, CEIG, said, “It is a great initiative to tap renewable potential to reduce carbon footprint.”

K.V.B. Reddy, MD and CEO, L&T Metro Rail (Hyderabad), said, “This shall be a milestone in achieving sustainability objectives of the project. Installation activities on other sites are in full swing and it [the metro] is expected to achieve 8 MWp of installed solar capacity by the end of the year. With this solar plant commissioning, both Uppal and Miyapur depots shall become power surplus.”