Adani group commissions 'world's largest solar power plant' in India's Tamil Nadu

Workers clean photovoltaic panels inside a solar power plant in Gujarat. Photograph:( Reuters )

Tamil Nadu, India Sep 22, 2016, 11.43 AM (IST)
The world’s largest solar power plant was on Wednesday commissioned in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu by Adani Green Energy, a part of the Adani group.

The plant, producing 648 megawatt of energy at a single location, entails an investment of Rupees 4,550 crore (around $680 million), the company’s official statement read.

"The plant is part of the state government's ambitious target of generating 3,000 mw as per the solar energy policy unveiled by the government in 2012", it said.

Around 380,000 foundations, 2.5 million solar modules, 27,000 mt of structures, 576 inverters, 154 transformers along with 6,000-km cables make up the entire plant in a 5,000-acre area of the Ramanathapuram district.

The equipment and machinery for it has been sourced from across the world in eight months, the company said.

A plant of this magnitude reinstates the country's ambitions of becoming one of the leading green energy producers in the world," group chairman Gautam Adani told mediapersons at the commissioning ceremony.