India completes world’s biggest solar power plant in just 8 months, Can power 150,000 homes
India has unveiled world’s biggest solar power farm in Kamuthi, Tamil Nadu. Plant can generate massive 648 megwatts of clean, green electricity by harnessing sun-rays via 2.5 million solar modules spread over 2,500 acres area. With this feat, India has left behind California’s Topaz Farm as the world’s biggest plant prior to Kamuthi plant. Entire setup includes 576 inverters and a network of 6,000 kms cables.
The news has come as a big hope for India that is dependent on fossil fuels to meet most of its energy demands, which made it host of world’s most polluted city – capital Delhi.
The Adani Group was looking after the construction of this mega plant and managed to complete it within a year with an expenditure of $679 million as compared to 550 megwatts capacity Topaz Farm that was built in three years at a cost of $2.5 billion.
Before us, the largest solar power plant at a single location was in California in the U.S. That was 550 MW and was completed in around three years. We wanted to set up a solar plant of 648 MW in a single location in less than a year,
Said Adani CEO Vneet Jaain.
Indian solar power plant is expected to generate enough clean energy to power 150,000 homes.
India had launched the Solar Alliance initiative at the UN Climate Change Conference in Paris with an assurance of cutting dependency on fossil fuels to meet the energy requirements by 2030. India has proposed that it would be powering 60 million homes by 2022.
Considering the challenges faced from procuring land to commissioning it in just eight months, the National Geographic had also filmed a documentary on the ambitious plant by Adani Group.
It is projected by renewable energy agencies that India will be third largest solar power market after US and China.
Via: Indian Express
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