Bhopal : Efforts are being constantly made in Madhya Pradesh to produce energy from alternative sources of renewable energy along with conventional energy production. New innovations are also being made in this field. Grid-connected and off grid-projects have taken shape in the last one year in the state. At present, a total of 668.64 MW power is being generated from solar, wind, biomass and small hydro projects. Three new solar parks are being developed in the state. Madhya Pradesh is constantly moving towards setting an example in the country in the field of renewable energy-production.
A scheme has been started to set up renewable energy plants on the barren land of the state. Rewa and scheme project sites were also known due to wastelands in the past. Barren land has also been selected for Agar, Shajapur, Neemuch Solar Parks. Small investors are being encouraged to participate in RESCO (Renewable Energy Service Company) tenders. Till November 2018, the state was getting 1537 MW electricity from solar power, which has increased to around 2200 MW this year. Biomass power generation has also increased from 92.55 MW to 116.35 MW. There were 14 thousand solar pumps till November 2018, in the last one year which have increased to 18 thousand.
In the coming time, 2500 megawatt renewable energy will be generated in Madhya Pradesh. Electricity of 1750 MW from new solar parks and 1000 MW from Indira Sagar and Omkareshwar reservoirs will be available through floating solar plant.
The capacity of 15 thousand 548 KW being acquired by solar roof top plants till November 2018 has reached 24 thousand KW in a year. Along with LED bulbs, tube lights, the trend of 5 star rated fans has also increased. The use of solar energy has been started mainly in Police Headquarters, Telecommunication Offices, Medical Colleges, many state government departments and corporation-offices.
The power received from the Rewa project has helped in reducing the pressure of thermal power plants by getting about one-sixth of the total power consumption of the state. Electricity is being supplied to Delhi Metro Rail Corporation and Madhya Pradesh Power Management Company Limited from Rewa Solar Park. Up to 730 MW capacity has been commissioned from the project and the remaining 20 MW is to be commissioned by the end of December. A total capacity of 250 MWcapacity has been commissioned from Mandsaur Solar Park and continuous power generation is being done.
Revenue land has been allocated for 500 MW solar park at Neemuch. Electricity will be provided from the park to the Indian Railways and the state’s power management company. In Agar and Susner tehsils of Agar district, a total of 1271 hectares of revenue land has been allotted for solar park. Power will be supplied to Madhya Pradesh Power Management Company from this 550 capaacity MW Solar Park.
A 500 KW capacity solar plant has been installed on the bridge and retaining wall located near the Upper Lake of Bhopal. This plant will be able to meet the day to day energy requirements of the Pump House near Karbala. This will create a state of environmental improvement equivalent to 10 thousand trees with a saving of Rs 40 lakhs per year. Tweleve houndred KW capacity solar plants are being set up at the Water at Smart City Ujjain. This will create a situation of environmental improvement equal to 24 thousand trees with the saving of electricity of about Rs 94 lakh per year.
Implementation of Resco (Renewable Energy Service Company) model based plant installations and sale of solar power is being implemented in the industrial and commercial sector units near Bhopal in partnership with Industrial Development Corporation. Under this scheme, agreement will be made for the sale of solar power. The contract will be signed by the Buyer Unit, Vendor Unit, Industrial Development Corporation and Urja Vikas Nigam. This will make it easier to offer competitive rates to RESCO units.
As a result of innovations made in RESCO tenders, the minimum power tariff for the government sector has been obtained at Rs 1.38 per unit while for industrial areas, the rate is Rs 4.61. It is noteworthy that up to 45 percent financial assistance from the goverment was availableturn the goberning government sectors, while there was no provision for grant for industrial areas. About 30 MW capacity solar plants are being set up under RESCO Project. Call-centres are also being set up to address complaints olat