Madhya Pradesh is producing more than 5,300 MW of solar power daily, said chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan recently in the Shajapur district of the State. The chief minister was speaking here on the occasion of the exchange of power agreements with the selected developers for 1,500 MW of solar projects planned in the Agar, Shajapur, and Neemuch districts.
The chief minister added that the State is now self-sufficient in power generation with 22 GW of electricity produced per day from sources including water, coal, wind, and sun.
On the occasion, the union minister for energy and new and renewable energy, R.K. Singh said that the government has enabled the setting up of 1,59,000 kilometers of the electricity grid and has provided electricity to every household up to Leh in Ladakh. Today, the nation can transfer 1,12,000 MW of power per day.
New and Renewable Energy Minister for the State, Hardeep Singh Dang said the 1,500 MW of projects with a private investment of about INR 5,250 crore will start generating electricity by March 2023.
The 1,500 MW solar project
Rewa Ultra Mega Solar Limited, a joint venture of Madhya Pradesh Urja Vikas Nigam and Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI), is developing solar projects of 550 MW in Agar, 450 MW in Shajapur, and 500 MW in Neemuch in the state.
The Agar solar park project, comprising two units of 350 MW and 200 MW, will span about 1,100 hectares of land. In the reverse auction held on July 12, 2021, Avaada Power won 200 MW with the lowest bid of INR 2.459/kWh. Beam Power Energy secured 350 MW with an INR 2.444 bid.
Shajapur solar park will have three units of 105 MW, 220 MW, and 125 MW set up in an area of about 900 hectares. In the auction held on June 28, NTPC Renewable Energy won 105 MW quoting INR 2.35/kWh, and 220 MW at INR 2.33/kWh. Talettutayi Solar Projects won 125 MW at INR 2.33/kWh.
In Neemuch, Tata Power arm TP Saurya Ltd, Mumbai, secured a total of 330 MW capacity (160 MW with an INR 2.149/kWh bid, and another 170 MW at INR 2.14/kWh). Al Jomaih Energy and Water Company Dubai won another 170 MW with the lowest bid of INR 2.15/kWh.
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