India is now home to the world’s largest solar power plant thanks to Kamuthi Solar Power Project in Tamil Nadu.
The Solar power plant in Kamuthi, Tamil Nadu spreads over an area of 2,500 acres and was constructed within 8 months at an investment of Rs 4,550 crore by Adani Group.
The massive facility packs 648 megawatts, which can power 150,000 homes, and consists of 2.5 million solar modules, 576 inverters, 154 transformers as well as 6,000 kilometers of cables. The previous record holder belonged to the Topaz Solar Farm in California that has a capacity of 550 MW.
What’s interesting is that the solar plant is cleaned every day by a robots which is self-charged by its own solar panels. The daily cleaning maximizes the power output of the panels.
With this plant online, India now has over 10 GW of installed solar power capacity, putting them halfway to their 2022 Goal in which India aims to power 60 million homes by solar. It is part of the Indian government’s ambitious targets to produce 40% of its power by non-fossil fuels using 2030.
With the introduction of this solar farm, India is expected to become the world’s third-biggest solar market from next year, trailing behind only China and the US.