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A floating solar power plant will be constructed in Khandwa to boost the power generation capacity in the state of Madhya Pradesh for electricity shortages in the region. It is expected to generate 600 megawatts of power between 2022-23.
The project, which is said to be the largest floating solar power plant in the world, is valued at more than Rs. 3000 crores.
“Omkareshwar Dam is being constructed on the Narmada River. This is our hydel project, and we produce energy from water. However, it covers approximately 100 square kilometres. There is a large water body that keeps the water level normal,” said Sanjay Dubey, Principal Secretary, Renewable Energy Department.
Dubey stated that there was no change in the water level and the site is therefore suitable.
He added, “We will have a 300 MW PPA. He said that we had given a bit of leverage. It may have been a little less or more depending on the requirement. So instead of 300 MW, we are doing PPA for the first phase of 200-MW.”
Dubey also noted that Khandwa, Madhya Pradesh will be the only district to have a thermal power station, solar power, and hydel with the new floating solar power plant.
“In the next stage, we have called tenders to add an additional 300 MW, so this will become the largest floating solar project in the world.”
Dubey stated that Khandwa would be the only district in the state with all three elements, including solar, thermal and hydel. It will also have over 4,000MW of power.