Madhya Pradesh Chief
Minister Shivraj Singh
Chouhan laid the foundation stone on 22 December 2017 for the "world's
largest" ultra mega solar power plant at Gurh
tehsil in the district.
This solar plant will contribute considerably to India’s efforts to go solar;
as of now, however, India gets much of its energy from coal only. The
transition to renewable energy possibly could take some more time with
meticulous planning and more meticulous implementation.
The green energy
generated at this station will be provided to Delhi Metro Rail Corporation
(DMRC) to run its trains in the national capital.
"It is a matter of happiness that the foundation stone for the world's
largest solar plant is laid at Gurh. It will generate maximum green power
without any pollution. Earlier, electricity was generated using thermal and
hydro sources and it (thermal) causes lot of damage to the environment,"
Chouhan said while addressing a function on the occasion.
According to an official, the solar plant will generate 750 MW electricity and
is being established with at an investment of Rs 4,500 crore. It will spread in
an area of nearly 1,600 hectares land.
"The green energy to be produced at this plant will be supplied to Delhi
Metro trains for its operations. An agreement was already inked to supply 24
per cent energy to the public transport in the national capital for the
purpose. Rest of it will be supplied to the state," the official
During his address, Chouhan also said, "Sun is the biggest source of
energy. Therefore, this should be tapped in a major way instead of going for
coal and hydro. People will get cheaper power through it and it will not even
affect the health of the masses."
He said his government is committed to provide food, clothes, houses and
medicine to poor people as that is their only wish.
"We have made schemes to ensure that poor get these facilities, and framed
laws to provide land lease to the people, so that they get permanent
houses," he said.
Chouhan said that in the past, electricity was generated in Vindhya region
using coal and water, but now it will be produced through solar energy and
According to an official, under the plant, three units of 250 MW each will be
established. The cost of per unit of power will be less than Rs three.
The Solar Energy Corporation of India and Madhya Pradesh Urja Vikas Nigam (MPUVN) have joined hands and
are facilitating the work of setting up the plant with the help of private
On the occasion, Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Power, New
and Renewable Energy, R K Singh,
also inaugurated 'Soubhagya
Yojna' aimed at providing electricity to all the households in the