1500 MW of Solar Parks to be Functional Soon: CM Chouhan

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Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has said that Madhya Pradesh will set an example for other states by working speedily in the field of conventional and non-conventional power generation.

The work of generating electricity from the sun will be taken up in a mission mode. An awareness campaign will be paced up so that all citizens encourage the use of electricity generated from saving power and alternative energy sources.

Chouhan and union minister for Energy and New and Renewable Energy RK Singh performed a bhoomi pujan in Shajapur on Thursday for 1500 MW capacity solar power parks in Agar, Shajapur and Neemuch districts. The project will involve a cost of Rs 5250 crore, as per an official release.

They also signed contracts with private investors for Pradhan Mantri Kusum- Yojana while Chouhan launched a ‘USHA’ (Urja Saksharta Abhiyan) for the purpose of public awareness in the field of power.

He said that the target is to begin power generation from the three plants before March 2023. These units of 550 MW in Agar district, 450 MW in Shajapur district and 500 MW in Neemuch district will be helpful in changing the scenario of solar power generation. The electricity produced in Madhya Pradesh is also used for Delhi metro rail.

He further stated, that new technology is being used in power generation in Madhya Pradesh. A solar park, which will also make electricity storage possible is being set up in Chhatarpur. Till now, it was not possible to make 100 percent use of the generated electricity due to lack of proper arrangement for storage of electricity. A new solar power plant is also being set up in Morena. Along with this, the initiative of setting up a floating plant on water at Omkareshwar in Madhya Pradesh will give a distinct identity to the state in this area.

The target is to bring down the carbon emissions to zero. Currently, the initial target is to cut emissions by one billion tonnes by 2030. The target is zero carbon emissions by the year 2070, he added.

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