Future of solar power - Largest solar power plants in IndiaApr 10, 2019
The entire world is heading towards a point where sustainable forms of energy are the need of the hour. With conventional power sources creating irreversible damages to the environment and a rapid depletion of raw materials, the energy industry is in a situation where renewable resources are the only options left.
In the search for alternative fuel, the simplest and most elegant solution remains solar energy. As such, the earth is solar powered, as in, most of the organisms thrive because of sunlight. Now, solar energy is seen to seamlessly power all the man-made machines too with the simple process of energy conversion.
Advantages of solar energy
- The source for the energy is sunlight which is renewable
- Sunlight is also naturally available and does not require any polluting process for collection
- The creation of energy from sunlight is an eco-friendly process that causes no pollution
- There are no harmful by-products or emissions created in the entire process
Solar power in India
India has been a dominant player in the solar energy scene and has a lot of development happening on this front. The Indian government had set an ambitious goal to develop the solar power capacity to 20 GW by 2022. However, we have already achieved 25.21 GW as of December 2018. This proves that the progress has been great so far. There is expected to be a lot more of development in this sector with India being a country that receives abundant sunshine and also has a great pool of technical talent.
There are many huge solar power plants that have been set up in India. Here are a few of the largest ones.
Largest solar power plants in India
Pavagada Solar Park, Karnataka
The Pavagada Solar Park is located in Pavagada Taluk of the Tumkur district in Karnataka. It is a large power plant spread over 13,000 acres. The plant was commissioned for 600 MV of power by January 2018. It is expected to increase production in the near future.
Kurnool Ultra Mega Solar Park, Andhra Pradesh
This massive solar power plant is located in Kurnool district in Andhra Pradesh. Located on 5,932 acres of area in Panyam Mandal, this power plant has a capacity of a whopping 1000 MV. Located in an arid region, the solar park contains over 4 million solar panels!
Kamuthi Solar Power Plant, Tamil Nadu
Located in Ramanathapuram district in Tamil Nadu, this solar power plant is one of the most popular ones in India. The power plant was built with a cost of over 4000 crores and is owned by Adani Power. Around 1.35 TWh per year is produced as output from this solar power plant. It has a capacity of 648 MW.
Bhadla Solar Park, Rajasthan
Located in Bhadla at Jodhpur district in Rajasthan, this solar power plant certainly has the advantage of receiving a great amount of sunlight for a major part of the year. The solar park is spread over an area of 10,000 acres and has a capacity of 2,555 MW. It is also known to be a power plant that bids solar power at one of the cheapest prices in the country at Rs 2.44 per KWh.
Charanka Solar Park, Gujarat
This solar park is situated in Patan district in Gujarat which is one of the first states in India to start solar power generation. The region is very arid and is hence suitable for solar energy production on a large scale. The power generation capacity is at around 615 MW at present but construction is also underway to increase the capacity significantly.