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MP earmarks 1,000 acres in Neemuch for solar plant

To set up India's biggest solar power plant, the Madhya Pradesh government has earmarked 1,000 acres of land in Neemuch district. The State will generate 130 mw of power, the State New and Renewable Energy Minister Ajay Vishnoi has said. The minister gave this information at the departmental advisory committee meeting held in Bhopal on March 5, an official release said on March 6.

The share of renewable energy in the state is five per cent of the total energy generation of Madhya Pradesh, the release said. At present, work is underway for 311 mw solar power projects in the state. As much as 460 mw solar power will be generated by March 2014 and 1,250 mw by March 2015. Thus, 2,500 mw solar power will be generated in the state over the next two years.

As on April, 2012, 448 mw solar power is being generated in the state. Large-scale generation will increase renewable energy's share in the total energy generation, going up from 5 percent to 19 per cent. Wind energy projects of 1,300 mw capacity will be set up in the state by December, 2014. One hundred MW power will be generated by biomass projects as well, the release said.

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