The world's largest solar park set up at an investment of
Rs.16,500 crore at Pavagada in Karnataka's Tumakuru district was launched by
Chief Minister Siddaramaiah.
The 2,000 MW park, named as 'Shakti Sthala', spans across
13,000 acres spread over five villages and is a benchmark in the unique
people's participation in power model put on ground, according to officials.
The park's development is anchored by the Karnataka Solar
Power Development Corp. Ltd (KSPDCL), an entity formed in March 2015 as a joint
venture between Karnataka Renewable Energy Development Ltd (KREDL) and Solar
Energy Corp. of India (SECI).
The project has been executed within a record time of two
years, with zero land acquisition.
Moreover, the farmers who have leased out their land are
reaping greater benefits with Rs. 21,000 per acre being offered as rental, an
amount which has the scope to grow by five per cent every two years, he said.
The beneficiaries of this project were 2,300 Pavagada
Karnataka has emerged as the third largest producer of
The park will create employment and act as an incentive for
natives and farmers to explore new opportunities of socio-economic growth in
The state has witnessed an overall increase in capacity to
2,3379 MW as on January 2018.
600 MW solar power generation has been commissioned during
December 2017 and balance capacity of 1400 MW will be available by December
Earlier, a 648-mw power project set up by the Adani Green
Energy, part of the Adani Group, in Tamil Nadu in 2016 was earlier billed as
the world's largest solar plant.