Indian solar plant completed ahead of schedule

The 648 MW Adani solar power plant has been completed in India, well ahead of schedule.

The plant is a key project in Prime Minister Modi’s ambitions for renewable energy. The vast, 10 sq km project in Ramanathapuram, in the southern state of Tamil Nadu, is the world's largest solar power station in a single location, according to the company.
Adani solar power plant
It has the capacity to power 150,000 homes and was built at a cost of 45.5 billion rupees ($661m). It comprises 2.5 million solar panel modules, 576 inverters and 6,000 km of cables, the company said.

"The government is very clear about its solar plan, and large installations are key to this plan," Aruna Kumarankandath of the Centre for Science and Environment in Delhi told Reuters.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi "is a real evangelist", and has prioritised solar to meet the renewables target, she said.

India had pledged that renewables will take a 40 per cent share of the Indian power generation pie by 2030, in its signing of the Paris Agreement last year.

A 10-year blueprint released last month predicts that 57 percent of total electricity capacity will come from non-fossil sources by 2027.

Solar energy currently accounts for 16 per cent of renewables capacity, but will contribute 100 GW of the renewable energy capacity target of 175 GW by 2022.

There are concerns in some quarters about the underdevelopment of the country’s grid in terms of how the solar power will be transmitted, according to Reuters.

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