World’s largest solar power plant unveiled in Tamil Nadu

Funded by the Adani Group, the plant was built at a cost of $679 m and was completed in just eight months.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: November 30, 2016 11:37 pm
climate change, renewable energy, International Solar Alliance, ISA, Solar energy, Marrakesh climate change meet, climate change meet, morocco climate change meet, world news,climate change meet, indian express, indian express news Funded by the Adani Group, the plant was built at a cost of 9 m and was completed in just eight months. (representational image)

In less than a year after Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the Solar Alliance initiative at the UN Climate Change Conference in Paris, the country appears to be on schedule to reduce its dependency on fossil fuels to power homes and industries by 2030. A solar power plant in Kamuthi, Tamil Nadu just became the world’s largest plant. With a capacity to produce 648 MW of electricity, the plant comprises of 2.5 million individual solar modules and covers an area of 10 sq km.

Funded by the Adani Group, the plant was built at a cost of $679 m and was completed in just eight months. It is cleaned everyday by a self-charged robotic system, Aljazeera reported. The solar power plant has the capacity to generate electricity sufficient for about 150,000 homes. According to research firm Bridge to India, the country’s solar capacity has now shot over 10 GW.

To meet its ambitious target of powering 60 million homes by 2022, India must increase the number of solar plants across the country to generate at least 100 MW. The switch to non-polluting technologies will help reducing carbon emissions, especially in polluted cities such as New Delhi. The Solar Alliance aims to raise over $1 billion in investments to increase the solar capacity and meet infrastructure costs.

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First Published on: November 30, 2016 11:36 pm
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    Narendra Nayak
    Jan 24, 2017 at 4:12 am
    The sentence that the country should have ' at least that number of solar plants to produce 100 MWs of electrical power' should be corrected as 100 GW.
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      Shubhi
      Jan 25, 2017 at 6:31 am
      A great milestone is achieve.Hope it will reduce the pollution and save environment
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        d jairath
        Nov 30, 2016 at 6:36 pm
        When your report says "capacity to produce 648 MW" is this correct?lt;br/gt;This would be able to power much more than 150,000 households in India.That figure of 150,000 might be valid for the USA or Canada.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Incidentally, the following is also confusing: "To meet its ambitious target of powering 60 million homes by 2022, India must increase the number of solar plants across the country to generate at least 100 MW."
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          Bikash+Ranjan Dutta
          Dec 16, 2016 at 6:25 pm
          Hats off, I salute.
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            Gopal Kalita
            Nov 30, 2016 at 6:41 pm
            Why did this old news come out now? The plant was commissioned on 31st March 2016. Please do some fact check before reporting something.
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              Naveeb
              Dec 2, 2016 at 3:56 pm
              Isn't the 'Longyangxia Dam Solar Park' in China, which is producing 850 MWp is still the largest solar powerplant?
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              1. प्रकाश सुथार
                Dec 1, 2016 at 12:53 pm
                A stepping-stone towards India's ambitious goal to make depend on Renewable energy. But India has to spend a long path wit more pace.
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                  Srinivasan Gn
                  Dec 1, 2016 at 12:48 pm
                  Very interesting that India is moving towards renewable and clean energy.
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