It has been eight months since India began the construction of the world’s largest solar power plant and it will soon be replacing California's Topaz Farm. The solar power farm is situated in Kamuthi, which packs a massive 645 megawatts and has the capability to power over 1.5 Lakh homes.
The facility will consist of over 2 million solar modules, 154 transformers, 576 inverters and over 6,000 kilometers worth of cables. The power plant is spread over 2,500 acres and cost around $680 million to build. What is hilarious is that the Topaz Farm took over two years to construct and can only generate up to 550 megawatts. It also cost the American government 2.5 billion dollars. What a waste.
The Adani group is the organisation behind this project and said the following “Before us, the largest solar power plant at a single location was in California in the U.S. That was 550 MW and was completed in around three years. We wanted to set up a solar plant of 648 MW in a single location in less than a year,” said Adani CEO Vneet Jaain.
We have a long way to go before we reach the goal of supplying solar energy to over 60 million homes by 2022. India is still the third highest consumer of fossil fuels which has caused many environmental issues for the region.
National Geographic recently documented Adani’s goal to make the biggest solar power plant in the world and you can catch a glimpse of it below: