Five-Gigawatt Solar Farm Wins Planning Approval in India
India’s Ministry of New and Renewable Energy has given planning approval for a massive, five-gigawatt solar project in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s home state of Gujarat that will be one of the largest in the world once it’s built.
“Once complete, the project near the town of Dholera will be the largest solar farm in India, stretching over 11,000 hectares and eclipsing the 2,255-MW Bhadla solar park currently under development in Rajasthan,” UN Climate Action reports. A tender call for the 1,000-MW first stage of the project is expected in June, Jai Prakash Shivhare, managing director of Dholera Industrial City Development Corporation Ltd (DICC), told the Times of India.
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The project is expected to draw 25,000 crore rupees ($3.7 billion) in investment and employ 20,000 people, said Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani.
“Gujarat is seen having particularly good potential for renewable energy, with 300 days of sunshine and strong winds across its 1,000-mile coastline,” the news update notes. “The new solar farm is also expected to help the government achieve its stated aim of creating 175 gigawatts (GW) of new renewable energy capacity by 2022,” UN Climate Action adds. “Earlier this year, Coal India, the world’s largest coal company, admitted that it was ‘only a matter of time’ that renewables replaced fossil fuels in the country.”