Chronicle Reporter, Bhopal
Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan today met a delegation of International Solar Alliance at the Mantralaya. He said that Madhya Pradesh is leading state in tapping solar energy.
CM Chouhan told the delegation that there are vast possibilities of solar energy in Madhya Pradesh as sunlight is available in abundance. Chouhan said that Madhya Pradesh is the leading state in the country in establishing the best projects for utilization of solar energy.
He told that the world’s biggest 750 MW solar energy project has been set up in Rewa. Similarly in Neemuch, 135 MW project has been set up which is the biggest project in Asia. In Mandsaur also 250 MW solar energy project is soon going to come up.
Chouhan told the delegation that Mukhya Mantri Solar Energy Pump Scheme has been launched to popularize utilization of solar energy among farmers. In this solar energy-run pumps are being made available to farmers on subsidy.
He said that Madhya Pradesh has attained success in obtaining solar energy production rate at the lowest cost. At a time when solar energy production rate was more than Rs 4 in the world, Madhya Pradesh succeeded in solar energy production at the lowest rate of Rs 2.97 paisa.
Terming solar energy as the future energy he said that a task force has been formed to promote use of solar energy in Madhya Pradesh. Use of solar energy for cooking is being encouraged.
Renewable Energy Minister Narayan Singh Kushwaha, Urja Vikas Nigam Chairman Vijendra Singh Sisodia, Principal Secretary Renewable Energy Manu Shrivastava and International Solar Alliance office bearers were present on the occasion.
Before meeting the Chief Minister, the delegation members conducted a study of use of solar energy in Malwa region. They viewed the utilization of solar energy pump and also spoke to farmers using them.