Madhya Pradesh: Renewable energy generation capacity grew 12 times in 10 years

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Madhya Pradesh state finance minister Jagdish Deora recently said the renewable electricity generation in Madhya Pradesh had increased 12 times to 5,875 MW from only 491 MW ten years ago.

Talking about new projects, he said a 750 MW wind-solar hybrid energy project worth INR 4,000 crore is being set up in the state. Work is also underway on 1.5 GW of solar projects in Neemuch, Agar, and Shajapur districts.

The world’s largest 600 MW floating solar park is being set up at Omkareshwar on the backwaters of the dam on the Narmada river at the cost of INR 3,600 crore. Sanchi is being developed as the first solar city of the state.

Madhya Pradesh is endowed with renewable energy-rich sites and is therefore favorably placed to drive the growth of renewable energy. According to the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, the state has a potential for 61 GW of solar energy, 11 GW of wind energy, 11 GW of biomass energy, and 820 MW of small hydropower.

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