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World’s Biggest Solar Plant To Be Built In India

We have commented on many solar photovoltaic projects around the world in recent months and they seem to get larger and larger. A scheme is planned to be built in India that would make it ten times bigger than any other solar plant in the world.

Sambhar Salt Lake

This is a huge project that will make a significant positive dent in India’s contribution to generating renewable energy and lowering the amount of carbon emissions currently in the atmosphere. It will no doubt be very good for India as it will create many jobs with workers’ incomes being ploughed back into the economy that the country will welcome. This vast solar farm scheme will hopefully produce more electricity for communities that no doubt need it.

So, how big is it going to be? Well, it is expected to cover an area of around 77 square kilometres (29.7 square miles). That is about the size of 150,000 football pitches.

The solar plant is expected to have a capacity of around 4,000 megawatts and should be capable of producing in the region of 6.4 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity per annum. Potentially, this could take about 4 million tonnes of carbon emissions out of the atmosphere every year. Throughout the country, India hopes to be generating 20,000 megawatts by solar power means by 2022.

Apparently, six state owned companies are going to be involved in the project at a cost of about £2.7 billion. It is to be constructed near Sambhar Salt Lake in Rajasthan that is situated in the north west part of India. It is estimated that the plant will be built over a period of 7 years.

Of course, it would not surprise us if we hear of yet another solar power plant being planned for another country that intends to become the biggest solar array in the world.

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