Karnataka has been hailed as a stalwart in solar power generation in the country. Pavagada Solar Park is located at Pavagada taluk in the Tumkur district of Karnataka State in India. Kerala Renewable Energy Development Ltd (KREDL) & Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) formed a joint venture in 2015 & named Karnataka Solar Power Development Corporation Ltd (KSPDCL).
Pavagada solar park is one of the largest solar parks in the world with an installed capacity of 2,050MW. This Solar park is spread over 13,000 acres, equivalent to more than 7,000 football fields. The gigantic solar park is built in phases. Spread across 5 villages this solar park get started in October 2015. The project was divided into several small-size projects & awarded to the developers in phases.
Starting from project size of 500MW awarded to Parampujya Solar Energy Pvt Ltd, Fortum FInnsurya Energy Pvt Ltd, ACME Solar Holdings Pvt Ltd, Tata Power Renewable Energy Ltd, Yarrow Infrastructures & Renew Power in 2016.
NTPC floated the tenders on the behalf of KSPDCL for the project. In 2017, NTPC again came up with another 750MW of solar tender & SB Energy Secured 200MW awarded by SECI in 2018. The recent letter of intent (LOA) was awarded to Amara Raja Power Systems Ltd.
KSPDCL has signed an agreement with local farmers to lease out their land at Rs21,000 per acre per year. A budget of Rs14,800 crore was allocated for Pavagada Solar Park. After the completion in 2019, the solar park is now fully operational & meeting the power generation demand in the daytime. States in India are focusing to move towards clean energy & reduce dependency on conventional sources.
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