Chancellor Angela Merkel visits Dwarka sector 21 metro station

Merkel chose to visit Dwarka sector 21 metro station on the last leg of her India tour. What is it’s German connection? 

Guten Tag Dwarka, On 2 November 2019, Chancellor Angela Merkel stopped over at Dwarka sector 21 metro station. The reason is that there is a German connection at the sector 21 metro station.

The station is fitted with solar panels funded by KfW, a state owned development bank based in Frankfurt. The bank has also provided funds for other projects including the Clean Ganga Mission.

The power generated by the 500-kWp ‘Roof-Top Solar Power Plant’ in the station is used to meet all its power requirements. The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) and the German government-owned not-for-profit enterprise GIZ had set up the solar plant under the Renewable Energy Service Company (RESCO) model.

The roof-top Solar Power Plant in the station is used to meet all its power requirements

As per this model, the developer invests, owns and operates the plant and the DMRC purchases electricity through a power purchase agreement (PPA). Following this, Sector 21 metro station became the only metro station  fitted with solar panels. This is the largest roof top plant with such capacity in the entire Delhi-NCR region under the RESCO model.

As per a statement given to News18 by the spokesperson for the German Embassy in New Delhi- Christian Winkler, Chancellor Merkel reviewed the project and may consider more joint renewable energy projects with the Indian government.

There was also an arrangement for a demonstration of the e-rickshaw system for the chancellor. She interacted with e-rickshaw drivers and was also shown  how these battery-operated vehicles functioned.

Chancellor Merkel interacting with e-rickshaw drivers

India and Germany are both committed to the cause of fighting climate change. A part of the joint statement issued by the two countries clearly stated their commitment to renewable energy.

“The two leaders acknowledged their joint responsibility for the protection of the planet and mitigating climate change through enhanced promotion of renewable energy and increasing energy efficiency by reducing their carbon footprint. For both countries, the Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Agreement serve as guiding frameworks in their cooperation. They underlined that for a successful energy and transport transition in India and in Germany both countries need to closely cooperate, to learn from each other and to capitalise on the economic potential of climate protection.”

This stop at Dwarka marked the last stopover for the Chancellor before she headed back to Germany. As we enter a phase where the world finds a dire need to shift to renewable sources of energy, it is a ray of hope that countries such as Germany and India among others, are committed to the cause of renewable energy.

By Abhijeet Pandey

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