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The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) on Sunday had signed a power purchase agreement (PPA) with Rewa Ultra Mega Solar Ltd (RUMSL) based in Madhya Pradesh to get the solar power for two months to run the metro in the national capital.
Madhya Pradesh Renewable Energy Principal Secretary Manu Srivastava said, “DMRC will get around 25 percent of the total power generated by the plant to meet the requirement of about 90 percent of the total electricity required by the DMRC.”
“The DMRC will start getting the power from RUMSL within next two months,” he said.
The DMRC will pay around Rs 3.67 per unit of solar power along with the transmission charges. This would help the DMRC to save around Rs 1,400 crores of Delhi Metro in the next 25 years.
As the deal is signed, MP Power Management Company Ltd will get 74 percent of the power produced from the Rewa solar power as 24 percent of the electricity will be required to benefit the DMRC. MP Power Management Company Ltd supplies power to electricity distribution companies in India.
It is the first project in the country to supply power to an inter-state open access customer. The Rewa solar power plant spread across 1,590 acres is among the largest solar plants in the world.
Currently, the Delhi Metro is purchasing electricity at Rs 7 per unit for about 288 km of Delhi metro network spread with 208 stations across boundaries of Delhi, Noida, Ghaziabad, Gurgaon and Faridabad.