In this article we will see a list of top 10 largest solar power plant in India. By 2022, India plans to install 100 GW of solar capacity (including 40 GW from rooftop solar). As of 31 March 2020, India’s solar installed capacity reached 37.627 GW.
The following table summarizes top 10 largest solar power plant in India. you will find more details about individual power plant after the table.
|Sr.No||Solar Park Name||State||DC Capacity (MW)|
|1||Bhadla Solar Park||Rajasthan||2245|
|2||Pavagada Solar Park||Karnataka||2,050|
|3||Kurnool Ultra Mega Solar Park||Andhra Pradesh||1,000|
|4||Rewa Ultra Mega Solar||Madhya Pradesh||750|
|5||Charanka Solar Park||Gujarat||690|
|6||Kamuthi Solar Power Project||Tamilnadu||648|
|7||NP Kunta||Andhra Pradesh||500|
|8||Mandsaur Solar Farm||Madhya Pradesh||250|
|9||Welspun Solar Farm||Madhya Pradesh||151|
|10||Nizamabad Solar Farm||Telangana||143|
Below this you will find details about all the above mentioned solar power plant.
Top 10 Largest Solar Plant in India:
1. Bhadla Solar Park:
Bhadla Solar Park is the world largest solar park with total capacity of 2,245 Megawatt (MW). It is spread over a total area of 10,000 acres (40 km2) in Bhadla, Jodhpur district, Rajasthan.
The solar park has been developed by multiple entities in 4 phases. Rajasthan Renewable Energy Corporation Limited (RRECL), through its subsidiary, Rajasthan Solar Park Development Company Limited (RSPDCL), has constructed 745 MW of projects. Saurya Urja Company of Rajasthan, a joint venture company of the government of Rajasthan and IL&FS Energy Development Company, has developed infrastructure for 1,000 MW of solar projects. Adani Renewable Energy Park Rajasthan, a joint venture between the government of Rajasthan and Adani Renewable Energy Park, has developed 500 MW of solar projects.
- Total DC capacity – 2,245 MW.
- Total Project Cost – ₹10,000 crore (US$1.3 billion).
- Total Area Covered – 40 square kilometres (10,000 acres).
2. Pavagada Solar Park:
Pavagada Solar Park is 2,050 MW solar park covering an area of 53 square kilometres (13,000 acres) in Pavagada taluk, Tumkur district, Karnataka. It is the World’s second largest photovoltaic power station after 2245 MW Bhadla Solar Park . The project cost ₹14,800 crore (US$2.1 billion).
Karnataka Solar Power Development Corporation Ltd (KSPDCL) which is a joint venture between Karnataka Renewable Energy Development Ltd (KREDL) and the Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) owns the project.
- Official Name – Shakti Sthala
- Total DC capacity – 2,050 MW
- Total Project Cost – ₹14,800 crore (US$2.1 billion)
3. Kurnool Ultra Mega Solar Park:
Kurnool Ultra Mega Solar Park is a 1000 MW solar park spread over a total area of 5,932.32 acres (24.0072 sq.km) in Panyam mandal of Kurnool district, Andhra Pradesh. The park utilizes over 4 million solar panels with capacities of 315 and 320 Watts. The park was built at an investment of around ₹7,000 crore (US$980 million) by solar power developers and the Central and State governments.
- Total DC capacity – 1,000 MW.
- Total Project Cost – ₹7,000 crore (US$980 million).
- Total Area Covered – 24 square kilometres (5,932 acres).
4. Rewa Ultra Mega Solar:
- Total DC capacity – 750 MW.
- Total Area Covered – 6.5 square kilometres (1,590 acres)
5. Gujarat Solar Park-1:
Gujarat Solar Park-1 also called Charanka Solar Park is a 690MW solar park installed on a 2,000-hectare (4,900-acre) plot of land near Charanka village in Patan district, northern Gujarat. So far, the park has witnessed investments of Rs 5,365 crore.
6. Kamuthi Solar Power Project:
Kamuthi Solar Power Project is a 648 MW photovoltaic power station spread over an area of 2,500 acres (10 sq.km) in Kamuthi, Ramanathapuram district, 90 km from Madurai, in the state of Tamil Nadu. The project was commissioned by Adani Power. With a generating capacity of 648 MWp at a single location, it is the world’s 12th largest solar park based on capacity.
The solar plant consists of 2.5 million solar modules, 380,000 foundations, 27,000 metres of structures, 576 inverters, 154 transformers, and almost 6,000 km of cables. The Kamuthi Solar Power Project was completed on 21 September 2016 with an investment of around ₹4,550 crore (equivalent to ₹53 billion or US$740 million in 2019).
7. NP Kunta Ultra Mega Solar Park:
The NP Kunta Ultra Mega Solar Park also known as Ananthapuram Ultra Mega Solar Park, is a 500 MW solar park spread over a total area of 7,924.76 acres (32.0704 sq.km) in Nambulapulakunta mandal in the Ananthapur district of the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh.
So far 500 MW is operational and 1500MW Units are planned, 750MW Units under construction.
The plant is owned by Andhra Pradesh Solar Power Corporation Private Limited (APSPCL).
8. Mandsaur Solar Farm:
Mandsaur Solar Farm is a 250 MW power plant built in Mandsaur Madhya Pradesh. The plant was inaugurated on 11 July 2018 by chief minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan. NTPC has set up the plant at an investment of Rs 1,500 crore developed mainly on non-agricultural land. This is one of the biggest solar plants developed under the Make in India initiative using domestically manufactured solar cells and modules.
9. Welspun Solar MP project:
The Welspun Solar MP project was constructed at a cost of 1100 crore rupees on 305 hectares (750 acres) of land. Welspun Energy Ltd. (WEL) has built the plant through its subsidiary, Welspun Solar Madhya Pradesh Private Limited (WSMPPL) and is mitigating 216,372 tonnes of carbon emission annually, while giving power to 624,000 homes.
10. Nizamabad solar plant:
Nizamabad solar plant is 143 MW solar power plant located in Dichpally, Nizamabad district of Telangana. It is installed by ReNew Power, the only unicorn startup (over $1 Bn valuation) in India from renewable energy sector.
India has the world’s third fastest expanding solar power program (next only to China & USA). We will see more such engineering marvels on Indian soil in coming years.
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