India flags its first solar-powered train

In a ground-breaking move, Union Railway Minister, Suresh Prabhu flagged off India’s first solar powered train with a battery bank which ensures sufficient power in the absence of sunlight. The train will make its first journey between Sarai Rohilla, Delhi and Garhi Harsaru Junction, Haryana. The fares for the one and a half hour ride remain the same as the diesel powered trains. A total of 16 solar panels, each producing 300 Wp, are fitted in six coaches. The trains will also result in the reduction of CO2 emission equivalent to 9 tonnes per coach per annum and will save about Rs 672 crore yearly.

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