A view of 750 MW Solar Power Plant Project, inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi via video conferencing, in Rewa. (PTI)
NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday said solar energy would power aspirational India in the 21st century and the country was emerging as the “most attractive market for clean energy” because of the “exemplary progress” made in this field.
Dedicating the 750MW Rewa project in Madhya Pradesh to the nation, Modi described solar energy as “sure, pure and secure”. He said such large-scale solar projects were a representation of ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat (self-reliant India)’.
The project, promoted by a joint venture between the state government and SECI, the central agency implementing the national solar mission, is being described as the first solar plant to supply power to an institutional customer — Delhi Metro Rail Corporation — outside the state.
The PM said India’s solar policy and strategy reflected the government’s thinking of “keeping our environment, air, water pure”. He added that all government programmes gave priority to environmental protection and ease of living.
“India has resolved the economy versus ecology dilemma by focussing on solar energy and other environment-friendly measures. Economy and ecology are not contradictory but complementary to each other,” he said.
Modi said MP would soon become India’s main centre of solar energy with similar large projects in progress in Neemuch, Shajapur, Chattarpur and Omkareshwar. The state’s poor, middle-class, tribals and farmers would be the biggest beneficiaries, he added.
He expressed confidence that the state’s farmers would also make use of the government’s ‘KUSUM’ programme and will install solar energy plants in their land for an additional source of income.