The New and Renewable Energy Minister Hardeep Singh Dung said that renewable energy production has increased ten-fold in the last 9 years in the state. The capacity of renewable energy in the year 2012 was 491 MW, which has increased to 5042 MW in the year 2020. This includes 2444 MW of wind energy, 2380 of solar power, 119 of biomass and 99 MW of power from small hydro power projects. Mr. Dung said that it is a matter of pride for the state of Madhya Pradesh that the metro rail of Delhi is running with the power of the ultra mega solar project of the country’s largest Rewa district.
Dung informed that Madhya Pradesh has been making a giant leap in the field of new and renewable energy. In the year 2020-21, under the Solar Park Project, the work of 1500 MW Agar-Shajapur-Neemuch Solar Project has been started. Its tender will be completed by July 2021 and the project will be set up by the year 2023. Electricity generated from this will also be supplied to the Indian Railways along with the state. Approval of 2900 MW solar park project in Chhatarpur and Morena districts has also been received from the Government of India. Land has been identified for this by the state government. Proceedings of the suzerainty of the land are in vogue. About 2 thousand hectare water area has also been identified for the world’s largest 600 MW Omkareshwar Solar Floating Project.
It is noteworthy that a UNEP report warns that if conventional energy sources are used at the current pace, the emission of greenhouse gases will double by 2050. In such a situation, renewable energy has emerged as a better option for environment and human health. Renewable energy is generated from natural renewable energy sources such as sun, wind, water, biomass etc. With the increasing cost of fuel due to the ever increasing population in the world, traditional fuel reserves are also getting reduced continuously. Renewable energy is able to reduce dependence on conventional energy sources such as coal, oil and natural gas.