Indian Railways has come out with a policy on solar capacity panels on rooftops of railway stations. It has envisioned a plan to source 1,000 MW of solar power over five years. Of the 1,000 MW, 500 MW is planned to be generated from rooftops of presumably railways stations.

The idea and schedule appear to be as follows:

In the first phase, the railways intends to procure 50 MW of solar energy, which will be divided over all the zonal railways across India. Looks like this will be through the utilization of their rooftops for this capacity, and this will be done through tariff-based competitive bidding.

In addition railway stations, Indian Railways is also looking at having solar panels on top of trains. Now, I am not sure how good an idea that is, but there you are.

Indian Railways however is not exactly new to rooftop solar. Besides having solar panels on New Delhi railway station and Delhi Cantonment station, the organization this year established the largest solar power plant on its network at Katra Railway station. The 1 MW of solar power plant at Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Katra station has been producing 5,000 units everyday.