India's railway minister, Shri Manoj Sinha, has revealed that 8.8MW of solar is to be installed at railway sites across the country.

The Ministry of Railways is hoping 10kW solar power installations will be installed at 200 railway stations, a further 4MW across the rooftops of 21 railway office buildings and 1.3MW across 2,000 railway level crossings.

The Ministry of Railways is to fund the projects, with an estimated cost is INR100 crore (US$1.6 million).

The projects are hoped to provide reliable power to remote locations while saving on diesel fuel.

Trials have already been implemented the Pathankot-Jogindernagar route in Kangra Valley, and Kalka-Shimla. The trials are to test the economic viability of the projects, according to the government press information bureau.