2 GW solar park at Pavagada, India, is now fully operational

The »Pavagada Solar Park«, located in Tumakuru district of Karnataka, India, has become entirely operational. It has been developed by the Karnataka Solar Park Development Corporation Limited (KSPDCL), a joint venture between the Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) and the Karnataka Renewable Energy (KREDL). Initially, the plan was to build a solar park of capacity 2,000 MW. Later, an additional capacity of 50 MW was added, according to consultancy Mercom Capital Group.
The final 200 MW capacity developed by SB Energy (SoftBank) has now been commissioned. Earlier, KSPDCL had informed that it expected the entire 2,050 MW at Pavagada to be operational by December 2019. Out of the total 2,050 MW capacity, the National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) implemented 600 MW of solar PV projects, SECI implemented 200 MW, while KREDL implemented 1,250 MW, says the article.
The »Pavagada Solar Park« was conceptualized in February 2015, and the park’s development began in January 2016. The park is divided into eight blocks of 250 MW each and has dedicated high voltage supply lines, pooling stations, and a pooling substation for evacuation. A unique feature of the facility is that land used in the entire park is leased, which has lowered the park’s cost.
According to Mercom India’s Solar Project Tracker, Karnataka is the top solar state in India, with approximately 7.1 GW of large-scale solar projects in operation and approximately 1 GW of projects under the development pipeline. The state boast of renewables share of 62 percent in its power mix, followed by thermal power and nuclear with 35 percent and 2.5 percent respectively. The share of solar in the total installed power capacity is 22 percent, says the consultancy.

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