INDIA’S SUNNY SIDE UP!August 06, 2019
The depleting reserves of fossil fuels have left countries with no alternative but to find more sustainable energy resources, with Solar energy being one of the most sought-after resource. It’s the cost-effectiveness, easy accessibility, easy conversion and, most importantly low maintenance that has made it a quite popular choice. At least, in regions where sunlight is consistent and in abundance; India being one of them. We enjoy about 300 sunny days round the year, amounting to approx. 5000 trillion KW/Hr that exceeds energy output of all fossil fuels put together!
In lieu of India’s Energy goals set in 2014: To expand solar capacity to 20GW by 2022, we have been quite quick in achieving this target in about 4 years. With successfully been able to expand its solar strengths 8 times the previous (2650 MW), India is currently on a Solar spree with major Solar installations in last 4 years, and many more lined up in future.
Let’s have a look the five largest Solar Plants in India:
- Pavagada Solar Park- Karnataka
Pavagada Solar Park is a solar park spread over a total area of 13,000 acres (53 km2) in Pavagada taluk, Tumkur district, Karnataka. 600 MW of power was commissioned by 31 January 2018 and a further 1,400 MW are planned. The total investment required to build 2,000 MW of capacity was estimated at ₹14,800 crore (US$2.1 billion). By the end of 2019, the park is planned to have a total capacity of 2,050 MW and will be one of the world’s biggest solar farms.
- Bhadla Solar Park- Rajasthan
Bhadla Solar Park is one of the largest solar parks in India which is spread over a total area of 10,000 acres (40 km2) in Bhadla, Phalodi tehsil, Jodhpur district, Rajasthan, India. The park will have ultimate capacity of 2,255 MW. The park has witnessed one of the lowest bids for tariff of Rs 2.44 per kWh, which is lowest for solar in India so far. In September 2018 Acme Solar announced that it had commissioned India’s cheapest solar power, 200 MW at Bhadla.
- Charanka Solar Park- Gujarat
Spread across 3000 acres of unused land, this is one of the Asia’s biggest Solar Park and world’s second largest Photovoltaic power station.
- Kurnool Ultra Mega Solar Park- Andhra Pradesh
Kurnool Ultra Mega Solar Park is a solar park spread over a total area of 5,932.32 acres (24.0072 km2) in Panyam mandal of Kurnool district, Andhra Pradesh, with a capacity of 1,000 MW.
- Kamuthi Solar Park- Tamil Nadu
Commissioned by Adani Power, Kamuthi Solar Park is the 6th largest single location power plant in the world. It has an installed capacity of 648 MWp.
These being some of the forerunners at the Solar power front, there are several other upcoming projects in other states as well. Installations of Solar plants has put unused landscapes to better use while powering up several possibilities in agriculture, power, and other industries.
India as a country is also actively engaged in technological advancements and research to bring in improved apparatus and process for harnessing the Solar energy and utilizing it to its full potential. This is just giving the much-needed impetus to the goal of energy efficiency. India has geared up really well in harnessing its solar potential, enabling a sustainable and resourceful future for the coming generations.