Deployment of Solar Energy in Indian Railways

IIEC-India partnered with UNDP and the Indian Railways to assist in large scale deployment of solar energy in Indian Railways under the “Railways Solar Mission”. This mission is a part of the Indian government's National Solar Mission in which the Indian Railways plans to commission 1000 MW of solar power across its network by 2020.

IIEC mapped over 50 potential international partners ranging from technology providers, service providers to financing institutions which could potentially help the Indian Railways achieve its target. This was done through extensive stakeholder engagement and discussions, which helped in forging relationships with key players for entering into long term partnerships with Indian Railways for solarizing railways. Additionally, IIEC also suggested entry points for the Indian Railways through which more leads and state of the art work could be undertaken. Ultimately for the deployment of the project, IIEC also developed innovative financing mechanisms, as well as technological options that could be explored for these partnerships.