He said the government has set up a 1.59 lakh-km long power grid. “The government has provided electricity to every village and every house in the country. If there is still a house left, then let it be known, electricity will also be provided in that house,” the minister said, addressing a reception in the city of Shajapur in Madhya Pradesh.
Singh and Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan organized the “bhoomi pujan” (inauguration ceremony) for the establishment of three solar power parks in Shajapur, Agar and Neemuch with a total capacity of 1,500 MW and with an investment of Rs 5,250 crore.
On this occasion, they signed an electricity purchase and PM-KUSUM agreements (Krishi Urja Suraksha Evam Utthan Mahaabhiyan) and launched an energy security campaign, “UshA”. The Minister of Energy and New and Renewable Energies said the Center has set up an electricity grid 1.59 lakh km long and supplied electricity to every household.
“Today, we have the capacity to transfer 1.12 lakh MW of electricity per day,” said the minister and praised Madhya Pradesh’s efforts in the field of solar power generation. Speaking at the event, Chouhan said Madhya Pradesh is rapidly moving towards generating 50% of the country’s total energy needs from a solar source, in line with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s goal of achieving this goal by 2030.
The state produces 5,300 MW of solar power every day, he said. Stating that Madhya Pradesh has become self-sufficient in power generation, Chouhan said the MP generates 22,000 MW of electricity per day. The government generates electricity from all available sources, including water (hydro), coal (thermal), air (wind) and the sun (solar), the CM said.
He urged people to save energy, plant trees and get vaccinated to protect themselves from the coronavirus. Madhya Pradesh’s new renewable energy minister, Hardeep Singh Dang, said power generation from the three solar parks will start from March 2023.