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Energy | January 2011

Southern Railway to set up 7 windmills

Southern Railway has proposed to set up seven windmills either in Aralvaymozhi or Kayathar regions near the western ghats as part of its plan to tap wind energy to meet the rising demand for electricity for running trains. Currently, Tamil Nadu Electricity Board, Kerala State Electricity Board and Transmission Corporation of Andhra Pradesh supplies power to the zone.


Four firms have bid for tenders to install windmills that are expected to generate 12 billion units of power. Tenders will be awarded before March. These firms have lands in these regions with wind energy potential. The power generated will be linked to the grid and will help Southern Railway save Rs 12 crore on its power bills.

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