The Indian State of Madhya Pradesh has recorded a ten-fold growth in the renewable energy sector in the last nine years, said chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan today, adding that in the year 2012, the renewable energy capacity of the State was 491 MW, which has now increased to 5042 MW.
The chief minister said that Madhya Pradesh is achieving self-reliance in the energy sector due to the works being done in renewable energy, including setting up ultra-mega solar projects.
The Rewa ultra mega solar project—one of the world’s largest single-site solar projects—has started generating power at its full capacity. It is generating 750 MW of electricity daily. Significantly, the power generated by it is also being supplied to the Delhi Metro apart from the state’s power distribution companies.
Among upcoming projects, a 600 MW floating solar project is being set up on the Narmada River at Omkareshwar. The World Bank has started a survey for the project. The project will cost INR 3000 crore.
Solar parks are being developed in the Neemuch, Shajapur, Agar, Morena, Chhatarpur and Sagar districts of the state. The parks, with a combined power generation capacity of 4500 MW, will be set up at about INR 18,000-crore investment.
Under the Atmanirbhar Madhya Pradesh roadmap 2023, the State government aims to install 45,000 solar pumps at subsidized rates in farmers’ fields. So far, 22,673 solar pumps have been installed.
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