Kamuthi Solar Power Plant – International politics in recent times have been pushing for the use of clean and eco-friendly energy.
Seeing reasons for the decision as evident in the rate of carbon emissions into the atmosphere, many countries are adopting the use of solar or wind energy.
In compliance to the international call for clean energy India wants to reduce carbon emissions by up to 35%. By 2030, the Indian government hopes to generate 40% of its energy from non-fossil fuels.
To that effect India has not just embraced the switch to solar energy but has gone as far as presenting to the world the largest solar power plant at the moment.
The latest priciest facility is located in Kamuthi, in the southern India state of Tamil Nadu. The solar plant farm, which took 8 months to construct and occupies a 2,500-acre space, costs the sum of $679 million. It has a capacity of 648 megawatts.
With this solar plant, India has overtaken the Topaz Farm in California, USA, which was completed two years ago and has a capacity of 550 megawatts.
According to Ventures Africa, the Kamuthi Solar Power plant consists of 2.5 million solar modules, 576 inverters, 154 transformers and 6,000 kilometres of cables and is expected to provide power to 150,000 homes.
“Abundant sunlight in India makes the country a perfect candidate for solar energy installations as about 300 million people are not connected to the electricity grid. India is expected to become the third largest producer of solar power in 2017.”
The solar facility will be of massive help and development in India. Hopefully, about 60 million homes by 2022 will finally have access to electricity on a measure of 100 gigawatts.
Report says that as from 2017, India will become the world’s third-biggest solar market after China and the US.
Another exquisite solar plant in the making will be Morocco’s Ouarzazate Power Station which is expected to produce 580 megawatts on its completion.