Madhya Pradesh to Turn Sanchi into World’s First Net Zero City


  • The Principal Secretary of MP’s department of energy shared that the state plans to turn Sanchi into a net zero city
  • MP has also identified 3 potential water bodies to set up floating solar projects of a total 3000 MW capacity.

The Madhya Pradesh government is working on a plan to transform Sanchi into the World’s first net zero city, said Mr. Sanjay Dubey, principal secretary of MP’s Department of Energy, at the ‘Scaling rooftop solar in Madhya Pradesh’ event in Bhopal.

“The plan includes tapping into rooftop solar projects, solar parks, wind energy, piezoelectric floors, electric vehicles, and even the water bodies and forest areas around Sanchi which behave as a carbon sink for the city,” stated Mr. Dubey.

At the event, organized by the Center for Study of Science, Technology, and Policy (CSTEP), the minister also spoke about the progress of the state in the solar energy sector. The first phase of 278 MW, of the world’s largest floating solar project being built on Omkareshwar Dam, is under execution and is expected to be completed by the end of the calendar year. Further, another tranche of 300 MW is under the process of bidding.

The MP government is targeting approximately 3000 MW of solar capacity that will be set up on the different water bodies of the state. As per the minister, three potential water bodies have already been identified and exploration activities such as bed level survey, bathymetry, and hydrology are underway.

The government plans to establish a project pipeline for floater manufacturers, a crucial element in floating solar plant technology. This initiative will enhance investor confidence in the scope of development opportunities in Madhya Pradesh.

“In rooftop solar, MP is a pioneer. We were the first state to start with the RESCO model which is now seen as a success. In the initial years, using the subsidy provided by the GoI and the state government, we established institutional rooftops including IIT, IIMs, medical colleges, and school buildings. We have showcased to the world that this model is workable to minimize electricity consumption and reduce dependence on conventional energy sources,” he said.

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Resource: ET Energy

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