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Delhi Metro to run on cheap green power

Gaurav Chandra | Bhopal |


In the next couple of years, Delhi, considered among the most polluted cities, is expected to get green power from Madhya Pradesh to run its Metro trains. The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) would start getting not only green but cheap electricity at almost half the current rate.

This becomes possible as a result of the Power Purchase Agreement (PPA), signed in Bhopal on Monday between the DMRC and parties concerned to buy green energy from the upcoming 750-MW Rewa Ultra Mega Solar (RUMS) project in Rewa district of Madhya Pradesh.

According to officials, the project is possibly the largest ultra-mega solar power project in the world. It would have three phases with the first phase being completed already with the remaining two phases to be completed in the next 18 months.

As per official reports, the cost of the project covering an area over 1,500 hectares at Bandwar region in Gudh tehsil of Rewa district would be around `4500 crore.

Union Power Minister Piyush Goyal, Union Urban Development Minister Venkaiah Naidu, MP CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan and other dignitaries were present during the signing of the PPA at a function held at Hotel Marriot in Bhopal.

Naidu said he was delighted that the DMRC, which comes under his ministry, will get green energy for around `3.30 (levelised tariff) per unit from RUMS. The current rate is `6 per unit.

Piyush Goyal said that India’s solar power generation capacity has galloped to 12,200 MW and hoped that it will climb to one lakh MW by year 2022.

MP CM Chouhan said that clean and green energy was a priority of the state adding that his government is promoting sustainable development keeping in mind the environment. “We don’t want our future generations to face hardship due to pollution,” he added.

According to MP’s New and Renewable Energy Department (NRED) Principal Secretary Manu Shrivastava, the RUMS project is a joint venture of Solar Energy Corporation of India and MP Urja Vikas Nigam (MPUVN), wherein both parties have 50 per cent stake.

At present, the world’s largest solar power project – Ivanpah Solar Power Facility of 392 MW, is at Mojave deserts in California, US.