World’s largest floating solar plant is being built on Khandwa’s Omkareshwar dam. This grand solar power plant will generate an estimated 600 Megawatt power by the year 2022-23 and is an attempt to increase the power generation capacity in Madhya Pradesh and take care of the electricity problems in the state.
As per an estimate, this project on Narmada river will be worth well over ₹ 3000 crores.
Talking about the development, Mr. Sanjay Dubey, Principal Secretary, Renewable Energy Department said, “Omkareshwar Dam is built on the Narmada river. This is our hydel project and in this, we produce energy from water. But since it is spread over about 100 square kilometers, there is a very large water body where the water level remains normal.”
Mr. Dubey further said that, “We will have a PPA of 300 MW. So we have given a little bit of leverage, maybe a little more or less as per the requirement, so in total instead of 300, we are doing PPA in the first phase of 278 MW,”.
Highlighting attention towards the new floating solar plant, Mr. Dubey added that, “In the next phase, we have called tenders for 300 MW more, so this will be the world’s largest project which will be called floating solar”.
With this grand floating solar plant, Khandwa is all set to become the only district in Madhya Pradesh to have all three things including solar, hydel and thermal with over 4,000MW power to be produced from a single district.