New Projects, Solar

India Builds Largest Solar Facility in the World

By Editors of Power Engineering

India now boasts the largest solar facility in the world with the activation of a 648-MW site at Tamil Nadu.

The 2,500-acre facility was built in just eight months even with monsoons and floods in the region, according to a report by Newseek.

Tamil Nadu consists of 380,000 foundations, 2.5 million solar modules, 27,000 metric tons of structure, 576 inverters, 154 transformers and 6,000 kilometers of cables. The solar panels are cleaned daily by a robotic system which is also powered by its own solar panel.

Adani Power employed 8,500 people to build the plant and spent a total of $679 million on the project.

Guatam Adani, chairman of the Adani Group, said the company plans to produce 11,000 MW of solar energy over the next five years.

Tamil Nadu takes the title of the largest solar plant in the world from the 550-MW Desert Sunlight facility in California near Joshua Tree National Park. That project was developed by First Solar.

India’s government hopes to reduce carbon emissions by up to 35 percent and produce 40 percent of its power from renewable sources by 2030.