Dec 2, 2016: A solar power plant has been unveiled at Kamuthi, in Indian state Tamil Nadu, which is the world’s largest plant. It seems that India is all set to meet the targets to reduce its dependency on fossil fuels to generate power for homes and industries by 2030. Prime Minister Narendra Modi had launched the Solar Alliance initiative in 2015. The Solar Alliance aims to raise over $1 billion in investments to increase the solar capacity and meet infrastructure costs.
Tamil Nadu plant
The Tamil Nadu plant has a capacity to produce 648 MW of electricity, and it consists of 2.5 million individual solar modules and covers an area of 10 sq km.
The solar plant has been funded by the Adani Group, and is was built at a cost of $679 million. The plant was completed in a record period of eight months.
The plant is cleaned everyday by a self-charged robotic system. The solar power plant has the capacity to generate electricity that would be sufficient for about 150,000 homes. India’s solar capacity has now reached over 10 GW.
Despite this ambitious initiative, and the target of powering 60 million homes by 2022, India is still lagging behind, and must increase the number of solar plants across the country to generate at least 100 MW.