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Madhya Pradesh targets 1,400MW of solar power by 2015 IAS S.R Mohanty Madhya Pradesh India

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Madhya Pradesh will add another 1,200 MW of solar power generation capacity to its existing 202 MW of solar power by June 2015. Speaking at an event at Gujarat Chambers of Commerce and Industry ( GCCI), S R Mohanty, principal secretary, Government of Madhya Pradesh, said the state had increased its solar power generation capacity from 2 MW in April 2012 to 220.15 MW in September 2013.

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"In second quarter of 2013 (July-Sept), 191 MW of solar capacity was added in the country, of which 145 MW was added in MP alone, which is almost 80%," said Mohanty. In August this year, the MP government commissioned 130 MW solar power project developed by a private company in Neemach district. "This plant is the largest single destination power project in the country as of now," added Mohanty. The MP government plans to achieve 3,800 MW of power projects through renewable energy with wind based power projects accounting for 1,900 MW of capacity followed by solar (1,400MW), biomass (300MW) and small hydro projects (200MW). With no electricity cess and duty for 10 years under New and Renewable energy policy ( NRE), the state government is eyeing 21.11% of renewable power plants by 2015 from 5% in 2012.

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"There are currently 206 projects under execution which will generate over 4000 MW of power through renewable energy", added Mohanty.

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Madhya pradesh targets 1,400mw of solar power by 2015 -S R Mohanty IAS