Madhya Pradesh will house the world’s largest solar power station – 750 megawatts (MW) – in Rewa district, state’s energy minister Rajendra Shukla said on Sunday. Also Read - Cryptocurrency regulation bill: How worried are Indian investors?
“Global tenders for commissioning the solar power station in an area over 1,500 hectares at Bandwar region in Gudh tehsil of Rewa, will be invited shortly,” Shukla told PTI. He said that if all goes well, the plant will start generating solar energy by March 2017. The project – Rewa Ultra Mega Solar – is a joint venture of Solar Energy Corporation of India and MP Urja Vikas Nigam, where in both parties have 50 percent stake, he added. Also Read - Indian mobile gaming market to shoot up to at least $5 billion by 2025: Report
According to him, the project will come up on barren government land and one MW power generation needs two hectares tract of land. The minister said the cost of generating one MW solar energy comes to around Rs. 7.6 crores. At present, the world’s largest solar power project – Ivanpah Solar Power Facility of 392MW – is at the Mojave Desert in California, United States, the minister informed. Also Read - India's first virtual science lab launched for students: Here's what the govt wants to acheive with it
In February last year, Narendra Modi, as BJP’s prime ministerial candidate, inaugurated Asia’s largest solar power project at Neemuch. As per reports, Welspun’s solar power project in Neemuch, some 400 km from Bhopal, had come up at a cost of around Rs. 1,100 crores on 305 hectares of land.