Adani Sets up World’s Largest Solar Plant
Adani Group has set up the World’s largest solar plant in Ramnathapuram, Tamil Nadu. This giant solar plant took the efforts of 8,500 men working two shifts every day for six months – and three shifts for two months – to finish, ahead of schedule.
It has the capacity to power 150,000 homes – and it is one sign of how serious India is becoming about meeting its renewable energy targets.
Considering the delays that commonly bog down infrastructure projects in India, the speed at which the 648 megawatt project was completed demonstrates the country’s commitment to renewables, said an analyst.
“The government is very clear about its solar plan, and large installations are key to this plan,” said Aruna Kumarankandath of the Centre for Science and Environment in Delhi.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi “is a real evangelist”, and has prioritised solar to meet the renewables target, she said.
As a signatory to the Paris Agreement on climate change, India is committed to ensuring that at least 40 per cent of its electricity will be generated from non-fossil-fuel sources by 2030.
While coal still provides the lion’s share of India’s energy, officials forecast the country will meet its Paris Agreement renewable energy commitments three years early – and exceed them by nearly half.
A 10-year blueprint released last month predicts that 57 per cent of total electricity capacity will come from non-fossil sources by 2027.
Solar energy is a particular focus. It makes up 16 per cent of renewables capacity now, but will contribute 100 gigawatts of the renewable energy capacity target of 175 GW by 2022.
Of that 100 GW target, 60 per cent will come from large solar installations. The government is planning 33 solar parks in 21 states, with a capacity of at least 500 megawatts each.