Prime Minister Narendra Modi dedicated Asia’s largest single-site solar power project, the Rewa Ultra Mega Solar Ltd (RUMSL), to the nation via video conference on Friday.
Speaking on the occasion the Prime Minister Modi said, “The Rewa solar plant will help this region to become a major centre of solar energy within this decade. Other than supplying electricity to the people and industry in Madhya Pradesh, the Delhi Metro Rail will also benefit from it. Similarly, work is also in progress on big solar projects at Shajpur, Neemuch and Chattarpur. There is also a plan to construct a floating solar plant on Omkareshwar Dam. Madhya Pradesh will become a clean energy hub once all these projects are ready.”
The biggest beneficiaries of these projects would be the poor, the middle class, the tribals, the farmers of Madhya Pradesh, he said. He said that solar energy would be a major medium for providing the energy needs of an aspirational India in the 21st Century.
The prime minister described solar energy as “sure, pure and secure”. Sure because of the continuous supply of energy from the Sun, pure as it is environment friendly and secure because it is a secure source for our energy needs.
Prime Minister termed such solar energy projects are a true representation of Aatmanirbhar Bharat or a self-reliant India.
He said the economy was an important aspect of self-reliance and progress. Referring to the regular dilemma whether to focus on economy or ecology, the prime minister said that India resolved such dilemmas by focussing on solar energy projects and other environment friendly measures. He said that economy and ecology didn’t contradict but complemented each other.
He said in all the programmes of the government, priority was being given to environmental protection as well as improving the ease of living. The prime minister said that the protection of the environment was not limited to just a few projects but it was a way of life.
The prime minister said it is ensured that the determination towards clean energy is seen in every aspect of life, when launching large projects of renewable energy. The government was making sure that its benefits reached every corner of the country, every section of society and every citizen.
“Most Attractive Clean Energy Market”
The prime minister said India’s exemplary progress in the field of solar energy would be a major source of interest to the world. He said owing to such major steps, India was being considered as the most attractive clean energy market.
The prime minister said that the International Solar Alliance (ISA) was launched with the motive to unite the entire world in terms of solar energy. He said that it was formed with the spirit of ‘One World, One Sun, One Grid’.
The prime minister expressed confidence that Madhya Pradesh’s farmers would also make use of the Central Government’s Kisan Urja Suraksha evam Utthan Mahabhiyan (KUSUM) programme and will instal solar energy plants in their lands as an additional source of income.
Prime Minister said India was also focussing reducing its dependence on imports of various hardware needed for solar plants, like photovoltaic cells, batteries and storage.
“I would like to request entrepreneurs associated with this sector, the youth, start-ups and MSMEs to make the most of this opportunity. Self-reliance will become a reality only when we are self-confident. And self-confidence is instilled only when the entire country, the entire system and every citizen contributes,” he asserted.
He said the work was progressing rapidly for production and betterment of all the inputs required for solar energy.
Prime Minister Modi also expressed the hope that very soon India would become a major exporter of power.