Bhopal: The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation(DMRC) has signed a power purchase agreement (PPA) with Madhya Pradesh’s Rewa Ultra Mega Solar Ltd (RUMSL) to get green power from the latter to run its trains in the national capital. Managing Director of DMRC Mangu Singh inked PPA with MP New and Renewable Energy Department Principal Secretary Manu Shrivastava on behalf of RUMSL in Delhi yesterday.
DMRC will get 150 to 200 MW green power daily from RUMSL from next year, Shrivastava told PTI today. RUMSL is raising the world’s largest solar power station of 750 Mega Watt (MW) in Rewa district and its three units of 250 MW each are expected to go on steam by June, 2017, he said. Significantly, the development has come at a time when the Delhi government is battling to arrest pollution levels in the national capital, which is one of the world’s most polluted cities, and even experimented the ‘odd-even’ number scheme to limit vehicular traffic – a major pollutant.
The Solar Energy Corporation of India and Madhya Pradesh Urja Vikas Nigam (MPUVN) have joined hands to facilitate setting up of the green power station, christened RUMSL, on 1,500 hectares area at Bandwar region in Gudh tehsil of Rewa district, said Shrivastava, who is also the Managing Director of MPUVN. “World Bank is going to give Rs 250 crore for the project,” he said. Shrivastava said that the cost of the set up for 1 MW solar energy comes to around Rs 6 crore.
At present, the world’s largest solar power project – Ivanpah Solar Power Facility of 392 MW – is at Mojave deserts in the US state of California, officials said. In February 2014, Narendra Modi, as BJP’s prime ministerial candidate, had inaugurated Asia’s largest solar power project in Neemuch district of Madhya Pradesh.
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