Bhopal: In a major push towards renewable energy, Madhya Pradesh is all set to develop more solar power parks in the next three years adding a total of 2000 MW to its capacity.
This will be in addition to the recently inaugurated 750 MW power plant in the state and the already existing solar power stations.
The power generated through these plants will be purchased by the Madhya Pradesh Power Management Company Limited (MPPMCL) — the governing body of three power distribution companies in the state. MPPMCL will further distribute the power to other agencies.
“We will procure all the power that is produced from the 2000 MW solar power parks across the state that will be developed over the course of next three years,” managing director of MPPMCL, Sanjay Shukla told TOI.
“Electricity generated from the park proposed in Rajgarh, Agar Malwa and Shajapur districts will also be procured. We are in talks with railways to supply power. A proposal in this regard has already been sent to the government,” he said.
The official said that power generated from thermal stations will stored to cater to the demand in the peak hours or night time. “Even in hours when there is no power production in the solar park, we will be able to supply power to the consumers with the help of a pool of energy sourced from other power stations, leading to flexibility,” he said.
According to sources, the procurement of power from solar parks and then selling it to other buyers when there is low internal demand will add to the revenue of discoms and help in management of surplus power.
Delhi Metro will directly buy power from the Rewa Ultra Mega Power Project, however, after this the power will be first procured by MPPMCL and then distributed to other buyers, said sources.
Interestingly, MP is already in the process of installing the world’s biggest solar power park with a capacity of 1050 MW — which will be developed over 2,100 hectare straddling three districts, Shahjapur, Rajgarh and Agar Malwa.
The biggest solar park as of now is in Longyangxia Dam, China with a capacity of 850 MW.
The park will be developed using the ‘Rewa model’ — in which three developers will work on three segments. Rewa planners managed to achieve a record low tariff of Rs 2.97 and the new power plant hopes to replicate it. The Rewa plant is likely to start producing electricity by 2018-end.