Indiahas launched the world’s largest solar power plant following the completion of its new facility in the southern India state of Tamil Nadu. The 2,500-acre facility was built in just eight months in spite of unfavourable weather conditions and has a capacity of 648 megawatts.
India’s Kamuthi solar plant which costs a total of $679 million has overtaken the TopazFarmin California, USA, which was completed two years ago and has a capacity of 550 megawatts.
The plant which consists of 2.5 million solar modules, 576 inverters, 154 transformers and 6,000 kilometres of cables and is expected to provide power to 150,000 homes.
By 2022, India aims to power 60 million homes by harnessing 100 gigawatts of solar energy. The government’s goal is to generate 40 percent of its energy needs from non-fossil fuels by 2030.
India hopes to reduce carbon emissions by up to 35 percent and produce 40 percent of its power from renewable sources by 2030.
Meanwhile, in Africa, the Ouarzazate Power Station in Morocco, which commenced power generation in February 2016, is expected to produce 580 megawatts when finished. The plant is still being built and expected to be the largest solar plant in the world by 2030.