India Unveils the World’s Largest Solar Plant


India’s prime minister recently announced an ambitious solar plan aimed at expanding the country’s solar capacity from 3 gigawatts to 20 gigawatts by 2020. 



Though many critics had doubts, the project is coming together now, and the Indian State of Tamil Nadu has been unveiled as the home of the largest solar array in the world.




The gargantuan 648-megawatt array is spread across 2,500 acres in the Ramanathapuram district and will supply clean energy for up to 300,000 homes.


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Built by Adani Green Energy Ltd, the Deccan Chronicle reported that the $679 million solar park consists of 380,000 foundations, 2.5 million solar modules, 576 inverters, 154 transformers, and 6,000-kilometers of cables - brought from all over the world.


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Most impressive is how quickly it was built: With the dedication of an around-the-clock, 8,500 member team, the whole grid was completed in just eight months, despite historic monsoons throughout the construction of the solar plant.


Adani Group chairman, Gautam Adani, formally dedicated the structure to the nation:

This is a momentous occasion for the state of Tamil Nadu as well as the entire country. We are extremely happy to dedicate this plant to the nation; a plant of this magnitude reinstates the country’s ambitions of becoming one of the leading green energy producers in the world.

This new solar plant now puts India in the ranks of the top three solar-creating nations, alongside the United States and China; China's more than 15 gigawatts of new solar capacity in 2015 helped it surpass Germany as the world’s largest solar power market.

In the U.S., the price for utility-scale solar farms has become so cheap that even some non-utility companies are joining in, including Apple, and Tesla's Elon Musk recently declared solar roofs could be more economical than a traditional roof.


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The world’s largest solar array will also aid India with air pollution, which recently reached critical levels in New Delhi. By 2020, India will surely be able to power more than 60 million homes with the sun. That’s a beautiful goal to realize.









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