10 Largest Solar Power Plants - India (2020-21)

The Government of India is prioritizing on meeting the energy demands of the country through measures like the National Solar Mission. The Government aims to achieve a total installed solar capacity of 20 GW by 2022. This article throws light on some of the major solar power parks in India.

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List of Solar Power Plants In India

There are more than 40 Major Solar power plants in India, which generate at least 10 MW of power. 

Below-table gives the list of 10 major solar power parks in India 

Sl.No Solar Power Park in India
1 Bhadla Solar Park, Rajasthan
2 Pavagada Solar Park, Karnataka
3 Kurnool Ultra Mega Solar Park, Andhra Pradesh
4 NP Kunta, Andhra Pradesh
5 Rewa Ultra Mega Solar, Madhya Pradesh
6 Charanka Solar Park, Gujarat
7 Kamuthi Solar Power Project, Tamil Nadu
8 Ananthapuramu – II, Andhra Pradesh
9 Galiveedu solar park, Andhra Pradesh
10 Mandsaur Solar Farm, Madhya Pradesh

Major Solar Power Plants in India – Brief Details

Bhadla Solar Park

  1. Bhadla Solar Park is the world’s largest solar park located in India which is spread over a total area of 14,000 acres in Bhadla, Phalodi tehsil, Jodhpur district, Rajasthan, India.
  2. The region has been described as “almost unlivable” due its climate. Average temperatures in Bhadla hover between 46 and 48 degrees Celsius. Hot winds and sand storms occur frequently. Bhadla is a sandy, dry and arid region with an area of about 45 km2.
  3. The Solar park has a total capacity of 2,245 MW.
  4. When its full capacity is operational, the park will become the world’s largest fully commissioned PV project, with investment rising to Rs 10,000 crore (US$1.3 billion).

Pavagada Solar Park

  1. Pavagada Solar Park is a solar park covering an area of 53 square kilometres (13,000 acres) in Pavagada taluk, Tumkur district, Karnataka.
  2. The Solar Power park has a capacity of 2,050 MW and is the World’s second largest photovoltaic solar park after 2245 MW Bhadla Solar Park in Rajasthan.
  3. It was completed in 2019.

Kurnool Ultra Mega Solar Park

  1. Kurnool Ultra Mega Solar Park is a solar park spread over a total area of 5,932.32 acres in Panyam mandal of Kurnool district, Andhra Pradesh, with a capacity of 1,000 MW.
  2. 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.
  3. It was commissioned on 29 March 2017 and owned by Andhra Pradesh Solar Power Corporation Private Limited (APSPCL).

NP Kunta Ultra Mega Solar Park

  1. The NP Kunta Ultra Mega Solar Park, also known as Ananthapuram Ultra Mega Solar Park, is a solar park spread over a total area of 7,924.76 acres in Nambulapulakunta mandal in the Ananthapur district of the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh.
  2. It was commissioned in May 2016, and is owned by Andhra Pradesh Solar Power Corporation Private Limited (APSPCL).

Rewa Ultra Mega Solar

  1. Rewa Ultra Mega Solar is the first solar project in the country to break the grid parity barrier. It is one of the largest solar power plants in India and Asia’s Largest Single site solar plant.
  2. Rewa Ultra Mega Solar Limited (RUMSL), the implementing agency of the project, is a joint venture between the Madhya Pradesh Urja Vikash Nigam Limited (MPUVNL) and the Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI).
  3. Rewa is the first project in India to be supplying power to an inter-state open access customer, viz., Delhi Metro. This is also the first project in India where solar power would be used for railway traction.
  4. The project got the World Bank Group’s President’s Award for excellence for its transaction structure.

Charanka Solar Park

  1. Gujarat Solar Park-1 (also called Charanka Solar Park) is currently in the process of development on a 2,000-hectare (4,900-acre) plot of land near Charanka village in Patan district, northern Gujarat. 

Kamuthi Solar Power Project

  1. Kamuthi Solar Power Project is a photovoltaic power station spread over an area of 2,500 acres in Kamuthi, Ramanathapuram district, 90 km from Madurai, in the state of Tamil Nadu, India.

Kadapa Ultra Mega Solar Park

  1. Kadapa Ultra Mega Solar Park is a solar park spread over a total area of 5,927.76 acres in the Mylavaram mandal of Kadapa district, Andhra Pradesh.The project is being implemented by the Andhra Pradesh Solar Power Corporation Private Limited (APSPCL), a joint venture of Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI), Andhra Pradesh Power Generation Corporation and the New & Renewable Energy Development Corporation of Andhra Pradesh Ltd.

Ultra Mega Solar Power Projects

  1. Ultra Mega Solar Power Projects, also known as Ultra Mega Solar Parks, are a series of solar power projects planned by the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy of the Union Government of India.
  2. In December 2014, the Government of India introduced a scheme to establish at least 25 solar parks and Ultra Mega Solar Power Projects, adding over 20 GW of installed solar power capacity. The Central Government provides financial support for the construction of these solar projects.

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Frequently asked questions on Solar Power Plants in India

Which is World’s Largest Solar Power Plant and where is it located?

The Bhadla Solar Park is the World’s largest Solar Power Plant. It is based in Bhadla village, in India’s Rajasthan’s Jodhpur district – a region known for its solar-friendly high temperatures.

Which state in India is the largest producer of solar energy?

Karnataka, the southwestern state heads India’s list of states producing solar energy. With a total installed solar power capacity of about 7,100MW.

Which is Asia’s largest Solar Power Plant?

REWA Ultra Mega Solar Power Plant in Madhya Pradesh is Asia’s Largest Single site solar plant.

Where is India’s first solar park?

Karoor Solar Park Located in Mahabubnagar District in Telangana.

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