Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday inaugurated the Rewa solar power plant in Madhya Pradesh via video-conferencing. "With this solar plant at Rewa, the industries here will not only get electricity, but even the metro rail in Delhi will get its benefits. The project exemplifies India’s commitment to attain the target of 175 GW of installed renewable energy capacity by 2022. Apart from Rewa, work is underway on solar power plants in Shajapur, Neemuch and Chhatarpur," Modi said dedicating the 750 MW solar project—touted to be Asia's largest—to the nation.
He said that India is regarded as the most attractive market for clean energy. "India is looked upon as a model, globally, when there are talks of transition to renewable energy sources. 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. The idea behind 'One World, One Sun, One Grid' is to fulfill the energy needs of many smaller nations on the planet," the prime minister said.
The Rewa project comprises of three solar generating units of 250 MW each located on a 500-hectare plot of land situated inside a solar park, developed by the Rewa Ultra Mega Solar Limited (RUMSL)—a joint-venture company of Madhya Pradesh UrjaVikas Nigam Limited (MPUVN) and Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI), a Central Public Sector Undertaking.
The Rewa solar project was the first solar project in the country to break the grid parity barrier. This project will reduce carbon emission equivalent to approximately 15 lakh ton of CO2 per year.