Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday called for more local manufacturing in the solar energy generation sector.

“India is also focussing, reducing its dependence on imports of various hardware needed for solar plants, like Photovoltaic Cells, Battery and Storage,” Modi said this while dedicating the Rewa Ultra Mega Solar (RUMS) Power Project in Madhya Pradesh to the nation. An official statement said that RUMS is Asia’s largest power project.


The project was fully commissioned by January 2020. The Delhi Metro Railway Corporation (DMRC) is one of the consumers of electricity generated from this project and has been getting power from April 2019.

Modi said the Rewa project will make the entire region in Madhya Pradesh a major hub for pure and clean energy in this decade. “Soon, Madhya Pradesh would be the main centre of solar energy in India, as such major projects are in progress in Neemuch, Shajapur, Chattarpur and Omkareshwar,” he said.

He described solar energy as ‘sure, pure and secure’. “Sure because of the continuous supply of energy from the sun; pure as it is environment friendly; and secure because it is a secure source for energy needs,” an official statement said.

Modi also said that in all the programmes of the government, priority is being given to environmental protection as well as ease of living. He referred to programmes like Swachh Bharat, supply of LPG cylinders to the poor households, the development of CNG networks as one which focussed on improving ease of living and the lives of the poor and the middle class.