India just unveiled the world’s largest solar power plant, the plant was constructed in just eight months in the Kamuthi solar plant in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu. The new plant stretches over 4 square miles of land and it comes with 648 megawatts of electricity. The solar panel features 2.5 million individual solar modules and can produce enough electricity to power around 150,000 homes.
India’s plan to produce 40 percent of its overall power needs from non-fossil fuels by the year 2030. India has officially joined the Paris climate change agreement, handing over its country’s official ratification documents to the United Nations. India aspires a target of providing solar electricity to over 60 million homes by the year 2022.
The power plant was funded by multinational conglomerate Adani Group, this solar power plant was built at an investment of Rs 67.9 crore.
Adani Group CEO Vneet S Jaain said: “Before us, the largest solar power plant at a single location was in California in the US. 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.” He also announced this plant is part of “a phase of revolutionising the renewable energy ecosystem of India” with solar parks, solar power-plants and manufacturing facilities.
After China and United states, India will be the wold’s third biggest solar market from next year, if India increases to construct the number of solar power plants across the country and to produce at least 100 MW. “We plan to produce 100 MW of solar energy in the next five years, putting India on the global map of renewable energy,” stated Adani Group chairman Gautam Adani.