Big datacenter operators are investing heavily in alternative energy sources to power up their Data Centers. It yields significant benefits in terms of long-term cost savings, reducing carbon footprint and others.
Recently Amazon web services bought 5 new solar farms to power up its data centers. Of the four data center’s one is 100 MW facility and others are 20 MW in capacity. Combined, these solar farms are expected to generate more than 580,000 MWh of energy per year. These solar farms are spread across several Virginia countries in US.
The world’s largest solar park is coming up in Pavagada, Tumkur which is less than 200 km from Bangalore. The project is aimed to generate around 2700 MW from the Pavagada solar park by the end of 2018.
This project is carried out as a JV between Karnataka Renewable Energy Development Ltd (KREDL) and Solar Energy Corp. of India (SECI).
The land for the project has been leased from the farmers for the 25 years. The farmers are adequately compensated for the land lease. Also, measures have been taken to ensure jobs are made available to these farmers as an alternative.
Gearing towards achieving India’s ambitious target of generating 100 GW of power by 2020, the Railways is leading the way. In the recently concluded budget, Arun Jaitley spoke of ‘powering 7000 Railway stations by 2020’. The Railways has plans of powering 99% of its railway stations using solar energy.
Tenders have been floated to generate 25 MW of solar through rooftop installations and 50MW of solar power through ground-mounted installations. The Railways is also working with UN Development Program to generate 5GW of power through various projects
As part of one of its green initiatives, India has decided to power 12 of its major ports through green energy.
This initiative comes after Indian Ports Association (IPA) and the Solar Energy Corporation of India signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to encourage renewable energy adoption.
This project will see 91.50MW solar energy systems installed at the 12 locations.
The Indian Railways is gearing in with the solar revolution happening across India. India will have the first Solar powered train that would be tested on the Jodhpur division of Western railways.
The train would have 6 coaches and each coach would be powered by 12 solar panels. 300 watts of electricity would be generated by each coach enough to power up the lights and fans inside.