India has established the next big power supply centre in Kamuthi, Ramanathapuram. Spearheaded by Adani Group, this giant solar power plant has more than 8,500 men working at breakneck speed to finish the project ahead of two months of the scheduled date.
The entire plant is built in an area of 10 sq kms and is cleaned by robots that are powered by the same solar panels. Here are some more amazing facts about the solar power plant which is installed in our own backyard.
Cost – Adani group have invested Rs.4,550 crores or $679 million.
Capacity – This solar power plant has 2.5 million solar panels and is expected to generate 648 MW power which can power 150,000 homes.
Other details – The plant contains 3.80 lakh foundations, 27000 mts of structure, 576 inverters, 154 transformers and 600 kms of cable.
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Kamuthi solar plant has snatched the first rank of the being biggest power plant from Topaz Solar Farm in California.
Some factors make India the most attractive destination for launching solar power projects. India is a country where the sun shines for almost 300 days in a year. As Prime Minister Narendar Modi has clearly said that Sun is the source of all energy and we should tap that resource as early as possible. The launch of Kamuthi solar plant is the big step in India’s move towards green energy resources. It is also an indication as to how serious India is towards meeting renewable energy targets.
With Narendra Modi being the ‘real evangelist’ behind prioritising solar power projects in India, it is but natural that the country has aimed at using electricity from non fossil sources by 2027. India has also signed the Paris Agreement on climate change stating that it will use 40% of electricity from non fossil sources by 2030 and the country is already ahead of its plan.
Currently major share of electricity is being produced using coal and the shift towards renewable energy sources would enable India to provide power to one third of households which still does not have access to electricity. The 10 year blueprint of Government of India says that 57% of electricity will be from non fossil sources by 2027. The blueprint also aims to provide uninterrupted power supply to its existing users and also provide access to unconnected consumers by the end of 2019.
Building of the Kamuthi plant is indeed a revolution in Solar power. There are some hitches that the government is facing while taking up such power plant installations. First is the matter of land acquisition, however steps are being taken to overcome this hindrance. The next is the requirement of water for cleaning the solar panels on a daily basis. Transmission lines also pose a bottleneck for transmitting the power to the sub stations.
There is good news too. Government is providing subsidies for solar projects and investments are pouring in from various countries towards these projects. Some of the investments that are to take off include Japan’s Softbank and Taiwna’s Foxconn who are ready to invest in solar projects.
A paradigm shift toward solar power has been noticed in the recent years. Kochi’s international airport going fully solar, many other projects have also materialized like solar powered plazas, farmers cooperatives, metro railway stations, solar powered blood bank to name a few. However, the most ambitious project would be ‘roof top solar’ which still remains untapped. There is a lot of scope for research and development in the area of solar energy and the market is yet to expand. Many foreign and domestic companies are eyeing the Indian solar market for the right time.