Madhya Pradesh to rely on solar energy

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Soon, Madhya Pradesh is likely to be counted amongst top renewable energy states in the country, as the region is set to ramp up its solar, wind, small hydel and biomass energy generation. This promise is being further backed up by setting up new projects of renewable energy at a rapid pace.

The decision was informed by New and Renewable Energy Department (NRED) chairman by CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan and said that it is necessary to encourage renewable energy on a large scale with a view to making Madhya Pradesh energy-rich.                   

MP solar energy generation is likely to reach up to 650 MW by the end of 2013. As part of this effort, solar energy parks are being set up in Neemuch, Mandsaur, Sheopur Kalan, Rewa and Rajgarh districts. Similar projections have been made for wind and hydel energy.

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Currently, solar plants are being installed at 681 police stations, 100 health centres, 126 jails and 200 Janpad Panchayats. The state is also looking to install 8,500 solar streetlights by March next year. The process of installing solar streetlights is already underway in five major cities of the state including Bhopal, Indore, Gwalior, Jabalpur and Ujjain.

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