Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched 750 MW solar project at Rewa, Madhya Pradesh through video-conferencing.
He said the state will emerge as a major hub for clean and cheap power in the country. The project comprises three solar generating units — 250 MW each — located on a 500-hectare plot inside a solar park.
“Not just for the present, solar energy will be a medium of energy needs of the 21st century because solar power is sure, pure and secure and the country is now among the top five solar power producers in the world. India has emerged as the most attractive global market for clean energy,” said Modi.
Dedicating the 750 megawatt (MW) solar project at Rewa to the nation, Modi said India won’t be able to fully use its solar power potential, unless the country doesn’t develop better solar panel, battery and storage manufacturing capacity.
Further, it is the first renewable energy project to supply to institutional customers outside the state, including Delhi Metro, which will get 24 per cent of energy from the project. The remaining 76 per cent is being supplied to the state distribution companies of Madhya Pradesh.
It also exemplifies India’s commitment to attaining the target of gigawatt (GW) of installed renewable energy capacity by the year 2022, including 100 GW of solar installed capacity.
The Solar Park was developed by the Rewa Ultra Mega Solar Limited (RUMSL), a joint venture company of Madhya Pradesh Urja Vikas Nigam Limited (MPUVN), and Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI), a Central Public Sector Undertaking.
“We must work towards reducing our import dependency on solar panels and related equipment. We need to speed up our production capacity of solar modules… and solar batteries should be made in India. We need to speed up all work in these areas,” PM Modi said at the virtual launch.