Wednesday, November 30, 2016

India now claims the number three spot in utility-scale solar power


This happened after the Kamuthi solar plant in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu was connected to the power grid. The 648-megawatt Kamuthi plant is considered the world's largest solar project in a single location after leapfrogging the world's second largest solar plant, the Topaz Solar Farm in California, which has a capacity of 550 megawatts.

The Kamuthi plant is spread across 2,500 acres and will supply enough clean, green energy for 300,000 homes. It costs $679 million and consists of 380,000 foundations, 2.5 million solar modules, 576 inverters, 154 transformers and 6,000-kilometers of cables. The solar park was built in a record time of only eight months thanks to the around-the-clock dedication of a 8,500-member team.
The state government would buy the entire 648 megawatts produced by plant at a fixed price of Rs 7.01/kWh ($0.10/kWh) for 25 years. Read more at http://www.ecowatch.com/