Bhopal: New and Renewable Energy Minister Harsh Yadav today announced that the State government has succeeded in getting the state the recognition as a “Solar State” and Bhopal as a “Solar City”.
The World Bank has praised the innovations made by the State Government for the use of solar energy in the industrial sector. Stating this, the Minister said that Madhya Pradesh has gone way ahead in the implementation of solar roof top projects. Within a year, 670 MW capacity has been added in grid connected projects in the state. As many as 645 MW solar projects and 25 MW biomass projects have been set up in the state.
Yadav said that in the next 4 years, about 6 thousand MW capacity new and renewable energy based projects will be executed. 1500 MW solar projects will also be started in Aagar-Malwa, Shajapur and Neemuch district for which land has been allocated.
Giving information about the work done in the field of solar power, solar pump installation, power storage, e-vehicle usage, wind power and floating power plant installation in the state, Yadav said that full capacity of 750 MW power production is being obtained from the Rewa project. Out of this, about 100 MW power is being supplied to Delhi Metro every day. He informed that electricity is being provided in the state at an economical rate of Rs. 2.97 per unit.
It has been decided to set up solar parks on barren lands in Bundelkhand and Chambal regions of the state. The process of developing a 1000 MW capacity floating solar plant at Omkareshwar and Indira Sagar reservoirs has started. Yadav said that setting up floating plants of this capacity is a unique initiative in the country.