IR to start production from solar plant at Bhilai

Indian Railways (IR) is set to start production at its largest solar plant in Bhilai, Chhattisgarh. After its 1.7 MW unit, which was commissioned in February 2022 at Bina under West Central Railway (WCR), the 50 MW solar photovoltaic plant is IR’s second facility of its kind. The Railways installed a solar plant near Charoda, close to a national highway in Bhilai, under the Raipur Division of the South East Central Railway (SECR) zone as part of its aim to utilise the large and uninhabited regions to promote renewable energy. This initiative aims to make the Railways more environmentally friendly and reduce its carbon footprint. IR plans to set up more solar plants in different regions. The solar plant in Bhilai is the largest among all the solar plants owned by IR. It covers an area of 200 acres and has 154,500 solar photovoltaic panels.