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India to build world’s biggest solar power plant

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The project is poised to become the world’s single largest solar plant once construction is completed at the site in Madhya Pradesh state.

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The 750 MW solar PV project will become the largest solar plant in the world, eclipsing the 550 MW Desert Sunlight project in California. GE 

A memorandum of understanding (MoU) has been signed between the Solar Energy Corporation of India and PSU Urja Vikas Nigam of Madhya Pradesh for the development of a 750 MW solar PV plant.

The joint venture agreement will invite tenders from solar developers, with the winning bid expected to be chosen by April. A 1,500 hectare site for the plant – which will become the single largest PV plant in the world when completed – has already been identified in the Rewa district of the state of Madhya Pradesh, central India, and a completion date of August 2016 has been penciled in.

“The plant will be developed in three segments of 250 MW each,” India’s chief secretary for new and renewable energy, SR Mohanty, told the Times of India. “Land acquisition will be over by the end of the month and more than 90% of land for the project is owned by the government.”

Rewa district collector Rahul Jain added that there have been no hiccups with the land acquisition, and confirmed that the proposed site is non-agricultural and barren.

The $600 million project is an addition to the long line of proposed ultra-mega solar PV plants that the Indian government is sanctioning across the states of Rajasthan, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir. Funding for this development will be financed by project loans and is to receive 49% backing from the World Bank at concessional rates, Mohanty confirmed.

India’s government has targeted the installation of 100 GW of solar PV capacity by 2022 in an attempt to tackle pollution and climate change, in addition to plugging the plentiful gaps in the country’s national grid.

Skeptics have claimed that MoU’s signed in the current solar climate may not necessarily evolve into concrete projects, and with distribution losses running to almost 24% nationwide, a more distributed approach to power generation may be the better path to take.

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  1. MorinMoss 5 years ago

    August 2016 completion?? That’s VERY ambitious. Let’s hope they get the grid connections done as well or this will be a huge waste of sunshine.

  2. Alen T 5 years ago

    “the single largest PV plant in the world when completed” not for long, the Toowoomba solar farm will be approx. 2.5x the capacity

  3. Miles Harding 5 years ago

    … or 0.75 watts per citizen, which gives a scale to the Indian need.

    I hope to see this surpassed with a distributed system of single panel installations that are rolled out to the outlying villages and houses so those people currently without access to electricity can have light and enough power to charge their phones.

    It probably doesn’t even have to involve electricity if solar cookers are in the mix.

    • Ronald Brakels 5 years ago

      Looking on the bright side, that’s 10 watts per person in Madhya Pradesh. Three hundred per person in the Rewa district. And 750 million watts per person typing this comment.

    • wideEyedPupil 5 years ago

      There’s lots of that happening already, fast growing micro-financing projects where small business people (often women) are doing the sales and marketing , install & maintenance and debt collection. People are empowered (literally!) so start a business and repay the modest investment in solar. Plus their kids get to do homework at night and access internet via mobile communications devices.

  4. Raahul Kumar 5 years ago

    I always wonder if these mega projects are the right size for the grid. Instead of just Solar Elephants, why not some smaller size solar projects as well? PV also isn’t the only form of solar power, some solar thermal should also be built.

    This isn’t the right direction to take Solar power in Bharat. Solar power towers, solar bees, pigeons and horses are more what we should move towards.

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