On Friday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had inaugurated the 750 MW Ultra Mega Solar Power Plant Rewa, Madhya Pradesh via video-conferencing. PM Modi said: “The idea behind ‘One World, One Sun, One Grid’ is to fulfil the energy needs of many smaller nations on the planet.”
This huge project comprises three solar electricity generating units, each of 250 MW. The project covers the area of 500 hectares inside a solar park. The Park is Asia’s largest single-site solar project. The project will cost INR 4500 crore. The Union Government has given the financial assistance of INR138 crore to develop the park.
After the inauguration of this power project, India moves one step closer to its commitment towards attaining the target of 175 GW of installed renewable energy capacity by the year 2022. This includes 100 GW from solar, 60 GW from wind, 10 GW from bio-power and 5 GW from small hydro-power. By this India has joined the fleet of countries that are going the extra mile to find and utilise cleaner sources of energy and ensure a cleaner and carbon-neutral future. The 750 MW Rewa ultra mega solar power plants (RUMS) is touted to reduce India’s emission significantly. It will cut down the emission by an amount equivalent to 15 lakh tonne of carbon dioxide annually.
Rewa Ultra Mega Solar (RUMSL) is a joint venture between Madhya Pradesh Urja Vikas Nigam (MPUVNL) and Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) consisting three solar power generating units of 250MW each. The power units will be situated at a 500 hectares area of land inside a 1500 hectare solar park. The three power generating units of the plant will be developed by Arinsun Clean Energy Pvt., Mahindra Renewables Pvt. and ACME Jaipur Solar Power Pvt.
The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC), which has the country’s largest urban metro network that is the biggest customer of the solar project. DMRC is heavily dependent on electricity, it will receive 24 per cent of the total energy supply from RUMSL. The remaining generated energy will be distributed to distribution companies (Discoms) in Madhya Pradesh.