New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will dedicate to the nation the 750-MW solar power project set up at Rewa, Madhya Pradesh on July 10. This project comprises of three solar generating units of 250 MW each located on a 500-hectare plot of land situated inside a solar park (total area 1,500 hectare). The solar park has been developed by the Rewa Ultra Mega Solar Limited (RUMSL), a joint venture company of Madhya Pradesh Urja Vikas Nigam Limited (MPUVN), and Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI), a Miniratna PSU. Central Financial Assistance of Rs 138 crore has been provided to RUMSL for the development of this park. After the park had been developed, Mahindra Renewables Private Limited, ACME Jaipur Solar Power Private Limited, and Arinsun Clean Energy Private Limited were selected by RUMSL through a reverse auction for developing three solar generating units of 250 MW each inside the solar park. Rewa Solar Project is an example of the excellent results that can be achieved if there is a synergy between Central and state governments.
The key features of the project
The Rewa Solar Project was the first solar project in the country to break the grid parity barrier. Compared to prevailing solar project tariffs of approx Rs 4.50/unit in early 2017, the Rewa project achieved historic results: the first-year tariff of Rs 2.97/unit with a tariff escalation of Rs 0.05/unit over 15 years and a levelised rate of Rs 3.30/unit over the term of 25 years. This project will reduce carbon emission equivalent to approx. 15 lakh ton of CO2 per year.
The Rewa project has been acknowledged in India and abroad for its robust project structuring and innovations. Its payment security mechanism for reducing risks to power developers has been recommended as a model to other states by the Ministry of New & Renewable Energy (MNRE). It has also received World Bank Group President’s Award for innovation and excellence and was included in the Prime Minister’s “A Book of Innovation: New Beginnings”. The project is also the first renewable energy project to supply to an institutional customer outside the state, i.e. Delhi Metro, which will get 24 percent of energy from the project with remaining 76 percent being supplied to the State DISCOMs of Madhya Pradesh.
The Rewa project also exemplifies India’s commitment to attaining the target of 175 GW of installed renewable energy capacity by the year 2022, including 100 GW of solar installed capacity.
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