Madhya Pradesh: Floating solar project on Narmada takes off

Chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan said Madhya Pradesh will have 20,000 MW renewable energy capacity in the next five years. A big step in this was taken during the day when the government signed a contract for the first phase of the 600MW Omkareshwar Floating Solar Project on Narmada — said to be the biggest of its kind in the world.

In the first phase, 278 MW capacity infrastructure will be set up for the Omkareshwar project, CM Chouhan said at the event. The contract was signed and exchanged with NHDC Limited, AMP Energy and SJVN Limited.

Talking about the benefits of a floating solar plant, the CM said, “There is no need for land for this project, so no one will be displaced. It is scientifically proven that power generation in a water-based solar project is higher than landbased ones. ”

The CM said: “Due to installation of solar panels on the surface, less water will be evaporated, which will lead to 60-70% water being saved. In addition, algal growth on surface water will reduce.” Emission of 12 lakh metric tonnes of CO2 will be prevented through this project, Chouhan said. “This is equivalent to planting 1.52 crore trees. The state is working in a mission mode to meet its energy needs with renewable energy by the year 2030. The state government has started implementation of the New Renewable Energy Policy-2022,” he said.

“Solar projects are in progress in Chhatarpur, Morena, Agar, Shajapur and Neemuch districts. We are also active in Kusum Yojana to make farmers power donors as per the resolve of PM Narendra Modi. The use of solar panels is being encouraged in villages and solar panels are being installed on the roofs of all government offices,” he said.

By improving land of Chambal ravines, the area will be used for solar power generation. The CM invited entrepreneurs and investors working in renewable energy sector to conduct activities in MP. The Energy Assessment Guide of Energy Literacy Campaign was also released at the event. Students and public will be encouraged to save electricity. “If we are careful, then electricity worth Rs 4,000 crore can be saved... Only by generating electricity from solar and wind energy, saving electricity-water and reducing carbon emissions will we be able to serve the earth and be sure of a better future for coming generation,” he said. 

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