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World's largest solar park is now fully operational in Karnataka; see how it benefits the state

Initially, the plan was to build a solar park of 2,000 MW capacity, but an additional 50 MW was added to generate a total of 2050 MW.

The world's largest solar park, he Pavagada Solar Park in Karnataka, has now become entirely operational. Commerce Minister Piyush Goyal took to Twitter to share the news saying: "India Takes Lead in Clean Energy: World’s largest solar park at Pavagada in Karnataka is now operational.Generating 2050 MW of clean energy, the park is located on land leased from farmers, utilising the drought-hit area & adding to farmers’ income." (Image Source: Chief Executive Officer KSPDCL)
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The world's largest solar power park, the Pavagada Solar Park in Karnataka, has now become entirely operational. Commerce and Industry Minister Piyush Goyal took to Twitter to share the news saying: "India Takes Lead in Clean Energy: World’s largest solar park at Pavagada in Karnataka is now operational. Generating 2050 MW of clean energy, the park is located on land leased from farmers, utilising the drought-hit area & adding to farmers’ income." (Image Source: Chief Executive Officer KSPDCL)

Located in Tumakuru district of Karnataka, The Pavagada Solar Park, has been developed by the Karnataka Solar Park Development Corporation Limited (KSPDCL), a joint venture between the Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) and the Karnataka Renewable Energy (KREDL). (Image Source: Chief Executive Officer KSPDCL)
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Located in Karnataka's Tumakuru district, the project has been developed by the Karnataka Solar Park Development Corporation Limited (KSPDCL), a joint venture between the Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) and the Karnataka Renewable Energy (KREDL). (Image Source: Chief Executive Officer KSPDCL)

Initially, the plan was to build a solar park of capacity 2,000 MW spanning over 13,000 acres of land. Later, an additional capacity of 50 MW was added. (Image Source: Chief Executive Officer KSPDCL)
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Initially, the plan was to build a solar park of 2,000 MW capacity spanning over 13,000 acres. However, additional 50 MW capacity was added to the project. (Image Source: Chief Executive Officer KSPDCL)

The final 200 MW capacity developed by SB Energy (SoftBank) has now been commissioned, getting the world’s biggest solar park up and running. (Image Source: Chief Executive Officer KSPDCL)
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The final 200 MW capacity was recently generated by SB Energy (SoftBank), thus making it the world’s largest solar park. (Image Source: Chief Executive Officer KSPDCL)

Earlier, KSPDCL had informed that it expected the entire 2,050 MW at Pavagada to be operational by December 2019. (Image Source: Chief Executive Officer KSPDCL)
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KSPDCL was expecting the entire 2,050 MW park to be operational by December 2019. (Image Source: Chief Executive Officer KSPDCL)

Out of the total 2,050 MW capacity, the National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) implemented 600 MW of solar PV projects, SECI implemented 200 MW, while KREDL implemented 1,250 MW. (Image Source: Reuters)
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Out of the total 2,050 MW capacity, the National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) implemented the work for 600 MW of solar PV projects, SECI implemented 200 MW, while KREDL implemented 1,250 MW. (Representative Image -- Source: Reuters)

The Pavagada Solar Park was conceptualized in February 2015, and the park’s development began in January 2016. The park is divided into eight blocks of 250 MW each and has dedicated high voltage supply lines, pooling stations, and a pooling substation for evacuation. The mere magnitude and scale of the solar park make clear that this project has taken an equally huge amount of planning, hard work, and time to get the projects running. (Representative Image, Source: Reuters)
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The Pavagada Solar Park was conceptualised in February 2015, and the park's development began in January 2016. It is divided into eight blocks of 250 MW each and has dedicated high voltage supply lines, pooling stations, and a pooling substation for evacuation. (Representative Image -- Source: Reuters)

A year later, grid-connected solar projects totalling 400 MW were commissioned. The process of conceptualizing and developing the required infrastructure for those projects took more than two years. (Representative Image, Source: Reuters)
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A year later, grid-connected solar projects totalling 400 MW were commissioned. The process of conceptualising and developing the infrastructure for these projects took over two years. (Representative Image -- Source: Reuters)

A unique feature of the Pavagada Solar Park is that land used in the entire park is leased, which has lowered the park’s cost. The KSPDCL is paying farmers Rs 21,000 (~$323)/acre/year with a five percent escalation every two years for land that is being utilized for solar park development. Since Pavagada is a drought-hit area, this arrangement worked for both parties. (Representative Image, Source: Reuters)
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A unique feature of the Pavagada Solar Park is that the land used is drought-hit and has been leased from farmer. The KSPDCL is paying farmers Rs 21,000/acre per year with a five percent escalation every two years. (Representative Image -- Source: Reuters)

According to Mercom India’s Solar Project Tracker, Karnataka is the top solar state in India, with approximately 7.1 GW of large-scale solar projects in operation and approximately 1 GW of projects under the development pipeline. The state boast of renewables share of 62% in its power mix, followed by thermal power and nuclear with 35% and 2.5% respectively. The share of solar in the total installed power capacity is 22%. (Data source: Mercom India) (Image Source: Chief Executive Officer KSPDCL)
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According to Mercom India's Solar Project Tracker, Karnataka is the top solar state in India, with approximately 7.1 GW of large-scale solar projects in operation and approximately 1 GW of projects in the pipeline. The state boasts of renewable share of 62% in its power mix, followed by thermal power and nuclear with 35 percent and 2.5 percent, respectively. The share of solar in the total installed power capacity is 22 percent. (Image Source: Chief Executive Officer KSPDCL)

First Published on Jan 24, 2020 08:08 am
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