NTPC’s 630 MW Barethi Solar Plant Promises To Power 3L Households

NTPC’s 630 MW Barethi Solar Plant Promises To Power 3L Households NTPC's 630 MW Barethi Solar Plant Promises To Power 3L Households

Union Minister for Power and New & Renewable Energy R. K. Singh and Union Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment, Virendra Kumar together laid the foundation stone for Barethi Solar Power Project of NTPC REL in Madhya Pradesh recently.

This solar power plant is said to light up 3 lakh households, the government claimed. The Minister spoke of the need to keep adding further power capacity in line with the growing power demand. “Ours is the fastest growing large economy in the world and our power demand too is growing fast. We need to add more power capacity to meet the growing demand. The Barethi solar power project is very important since it is 630 MW and further it is clean energy. NTPC is among the world’s biggest power companies. Now, NTPC is setting up renewable energy plants too, from only thermal plants earlier.” 

Addressing the gathering, the Union Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment said that the Barethi Solar Power Project will help power the development of the region. He said that besides setting up solar power plants, the government is also promoting the use of solar power in agriculture.

The Minister said that Chhatarpur district is witnessing progress, as one of the Aspirational Districts identified for accelerated development by the Government of India. He said that a Vande Bharat train too is going to pass through the region, which would be flagged off on March 12, 2024. He recalled also many other development programmes which have been initiated in the Bundelkhand region.

“:Located at Barethi Renewable Energy Park in Chhatarpur District of Madhya Pradesh, the 630 MW solar project entails an investment of Rs. 3,200 crores and would be sufficient to light more than 3 lakh households upon completion. It is being developed under Mode-8 of the Ministry of New & Renewable Energy’s Ultra Mega Renewable Energy Power Parks scheme,” the government said in a media release.

The government media release said that the commissioning of this project will not only supply green power to the grid, but will also ensure affordable power to the people. Meanwhile, the construction of the project is helping in creation of direct and indirect employment opportunities in the region. A step towards sustainable power generation, the project will reduce 12 lakh tons of carbon dioxide emissions annually, thereby helping the nation achieve its climate commitments and green energy targets, it said. 

NTPC Limited is India’s largest integrated power utility with more than 75 GW installed capacity that contributes 25% of total electricity demand in India. By 2032, NTPC is looking to expand its non-fossil-based capacity to 45%-50% of the company’s portfolio of 130 GW, which will include 60 GW renewable energy capacity.

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