Asia’s largest solar power project – Rewa Solar in Madhya Pradesh
The Prime Minister dedicated the ultra mega solar power plant of 750-megawatt, which will reduce CO2 emission equivalent to approximately 15 lakh tonne of carbon dioxide every year. Due to COVID-19, this solar plant is inaugurated by our Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, through video conferencing with a tagline of ‘Sure, pure and secure’
Rewa Ultra Mega Solar (RUMS) is a solar power plant with a total solar installed capacity of 750 MW in the Rewa district of Madhya Pradesh. It is one of the largest single-site solar power plant in India and the world. The project has unique structuring and cater to the needs of different types of power off-taker namely; Power Management Company, MP, and Delhi Metro Rail Corporation. In order to facilitate the evacuation of power from the project site to range of consumers, PGCIL is developing the 220/400 KV substation. The bid process for this project is completed after a marathon of 33 hours of non-stop bidding by the shortlisted bidders. Mahindra Renewables, ACME Solar Holdings, and Solengeri Power have emerged as the winner for project’s three units at tariffs of Rs 2.979, Rs 2.970, and Rs 2.974 for the first year. This is all-time low tariff ever discovered through a bidding method for solar projects in India.
The Rewa Ultra Mega Solar Limited (RUMSL), consists of a total area of 1500 hectares for 750MW of solar capacity. This is a joint venture of state-owned Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) and Madhya Pradesh Urja Vikas Nigam Ltd (MPUVNL) and the total capacity of 750 MW is equally divided in three different generating units with a capacity of 250 MW each on a 500-hectare plot of land inside the solar park.
The three solar generating unis for this plant are:
- Mahindra Renewables Private Ltd,
- ACME Jaipur Solar Power Private Ltd,
- Arinsun Clean Energy Private Ltd
These were selected by RUMSL through a process of the reverse auction to get the lowest tariff.
The energy produced by the plant will be distributed among the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) and the state discoms of Madhya Pradesh in a ratio of 24:76. This is the first solar project which will sell its electricity to an institutional body of the outside state.