Worlds largest solar park
India’s new solar power plan in the western state of Gujarat has reached a capacity of 214megawatts of photo voltaic solar. Making it the largest solar energy plant on the world. Previously record holder was China’s 200 MW Golmud Solar Park.
The solar power park will continue to expand to a 500-megawatt system, fully completed by the end of 2014, using state-of-the-art thin film photo voltaic technology. It now has an operational capacity of 214 MW and has already become the largest such single location in the world,
The plant is spread over 3,000 acres of mainly wasteland therefor becoming the largest single location plant in the world. Gujarat environment chief S.K. Nanda says the state is ideal for the solar project because of the sparsely-populated desert in the north of India
The project is part of 600 megawatt solar energy addition to India’s power grid which includes sections that were already operational. When completed the plant will reduce carbon dioxide emissions released into the atmosphere to the tune of 8 million tonnes and save around 900,000 tonnes of coal and natural gas per year.
It also gives a serious boost to India’s renewable energy ambitions. The country aims for solar power to account for 3 per cent of national capacity – or 1,000 MW – by 2013. Overall, it wants renewable’s to make up 15% of capacity by 2020, from 6% today.
The foundation for the Gujarat solar power park was laid in December 2010, as part of the state’s Solar Power Policy. It’s also expected to create about 30,000 new jobs in the state over a period of time.
The Gujarat government has also announced its next move, saying it will shortly come with a rooftop solar power plant policy.
The state’s chief minister Narendra Modi said it will encourage people to produce their own electricity and earn by selling the surplus power to the state grid. This would make the people self-reliant in power generation. The authorities hope it would also encourage residents to rent out their rooftops for solar power generation, which would yield additional income for the betterment of their life.