India Just Developed the World’s Largest Solar Power Plant
By 2022 India Aims to Power 60 Million Homes by the Sun.
India has released stunning images of its new solar power plant located in Kamuthi, Tamil Nadu. It operates at a impressive capacity of 648 MW and covers an area of 10sq km, which was built in only 8 months.
This solar power plant makes it the largest plant at a single location. Beating out Tesla’s and Solar city’s solar coverage of the Ta’u Island and topping the Topaz Solar Farm in California which has a capacity of 550 MW.
Additionally, the solar plant comprises of 2.5 million individual solar modules and cost approximately $679m to build. And once powered at full capacity, it is estimated to produce enough electricity to power around 150,000 homes.
As clean renewable energy begins to over take traditional methods of energy generation such as coal power plants, India is expected to be the third’s largest solar energy market after China and US. And by 2022, India aims to power 60 million homes by the sun. This initiative is part of the Indian government’s ambitious targets to product 40 percent of its power from clean energy by 2030.
And this news couldn’t come at a better time, as India has been criticized for the worst pollution ratings in New Delhi after Diwali in 17 years.