Friday, January 31, 2014

India to Set Up Ultra Mega Solar Power Plant — 4,000 MW Capacity

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The Indian government, in partnership with state-owned companies, is planning to set up the largest solar power plant in the world.  The planned power project will have an installed capacity of 4,000 MW and will be located in the western state of Rajasthan.

The capacity of 4,000 MW is very significant in the Indian context.  Earlier this year a private utility, Tata Power, commissioned the first coal-fired Ultra Mega Power Plant (UMPP) of installed capacity 4,000 MW.  Another three such projects of capacity 3,960 MW each are at various stages of construction.

India to Set Up Ultra Mega Solar Power Plant — 4,000 MW Capacity

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  1. Looking to the wider ambitions of India on the global solar stage and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's stated aim to put the sun "centre-stage" in the national energy mix, it is clear that even with this project in the offing, there is still some way to go. With China having installed 12GW in 2013 and the goal of having 35GW by 2015, market intelligence company Bridge to India concluded:"In comparison, the National Solar Mission target of 20GW by 2022, does not look as ambitious anymore." Nevertheless, as World Bank country director Onno Ruhl said at an international energy seminar last year, India does have the potential to be a world leader.