Madhya Pradesh CM, Shivraj Singh Chouhan has laid the foundations for an ultra-mega solar power plant. The first of its kind, the plant will be the largest solar energy facility in the world.
The solar power plant will come up at Gurh tehsil in the district and the power generated at this station will be provided to Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) to run its trains in the national capital.
“It was a pleasure touring & having an aerial view of Rewa Solar. The 750MW solar park is the largest in the world, which when completed, will be a game changer in the production of electricity through renewable energy,” Shivraj Singh Chouhan tweeted after laying the foundation of the solar plant.
As per the media reports, the solar plant, spread on 1,600 hectares land, will cost a whopping Rs 4500 crore and also generate 750 MW electricity.
“The green energy to be produced at this plant will be supplied to Delhi Metro trains for its operations. An agreement was already inked to supply 24percentt energy to the public transport in the national capital for the purpose. Rest of it will be supplied to the state,” an official said.
India has set a target of installing 175 GW of renewable energy by 2022 under the Paris Agreement. Singh said Madhya Pradesh could another 5000 Mw of renewable capacity in the coming few years.
While speaking at the foundation ceremony, Chouhan said, “that in the past, electricity was generated in Vindhya region using coal and water, but now it will be produced through solar energy and waste material.
According to an official, under the plant, three units of 250 MW each will be established. The cost of per unit of power will be less than Rs three.
The Solar Energy Corporation of India and Madhya Pradesh Urja Vikas Nigam (MPUVN) have joined hands and are facilitating the work of setting up the plant with the help of private players.
Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Power, New and Renewable Energy, R K Singh who was present on the occasion also inaugurated ‘Soubhagya Yojna’ aimed at providing electricity to all the households in the country.