A solar plant established in Kamuthi, Tamil Nadu is thought to be the largest solar power plant in a single location. The plant has a capacity of 648 MW and covers an area of 10 square Kilometers, and consists of 2.5 million solar modules, 576 inverters, 154 transformers as well as 6,000 kilometers of cables.
According to Thenextweb, images have been released showing the huge new solar plant that is found in South India. The building of the plant was funded by the Adani group and was built for 8 months. The plant is daily cleaned by robotic systems and charged by its own panels. It is expected to produce electricity power for about 150,000 homes.
Aljazeera reported that by 2022, India aims at ensuring that sixty million homes have power that results from solar energy. The government of India has an aim of producing forty percent of its power from non-fossil fuels.
The goal of the government has been praised by the environment activists who view it as a step towards solving the problem of air pollution in India, especially New Delhi which reached its worst levels of pollution this year in 17 years.
India is expected to become the world's 3rd largest solar market from next year followed by China and America. Solar power in India is a fast-growing industry. As of 30th September 2016, the country's solar grid had a capacity of 8,626 megawatts (MW) or 8.63 gigawatts (GW).
On January 2015, the Indian government expanded its solar plans, targeting US$100 billion of investment and 100 GW of solar capacity, including 40 GW's directly from rooftop solar, by 2022.
The rapid growth in preparation of solar power is recorded and updated monthly on the Indian Government's Ministry of New and Renewable Energy website. Large scale solar power deployment began in 2010; India is continuing to develop the use of solar power for localized energy needs.
Solar products have increasingly helped to meet rural needs that lack electrification, and by the end of 2015 total of just under 1 million solar lanterns had been sold in the country reducing the need for expensive kerosene. In addition, total of 30,256 solar powered water pumps for agriculture and drinking water had been installed.