September 21, 2016
Chennai: Tamil Nadu has got the world’s largest solar power plant – a 648 MW plant erected by Adani Green Energy (Tamil Nadu) Limited, which was dedicated to the nation. Located at Kamuthi in Ramanathapuram district, the solar plant, costing Rs 4,500 crore, covers many acres in this hot and arid area, most suited to harness solar power due to the intensity of sun’s heat.
The plant was connected to the grid on Wednesday with the Kamuthi 400 KV substation of Tantransco, Tamil Nadu’s power transmission company.
The company managed to erect the whole plant within just 8 months with 8500 people working round the clock. The completion of the plant in a record time is an achievement for the company that is committed to harnessing clean, renewable energy.
The plant has 3,80,000 foundations, 25,00,000 solar modules, 27,000 Mt of structure, 576 inverters, 154 transformers and 6000 km length of cables. In all, 8500 people worked round the clock on the site to erect the plant and make it functional in six months, the company said.
“This is a momentous occasion for the state of Tamil Nadu as well as the entire Country. We are extremely happy to dedicate this plant to the nation; a plant of this magnitude reinstates the country’s ambitions of becoming one of the leading green energy producers in the World,” Gautam Adani, Chairman, Adani Group said in a statement.
The Tamil Nadu solar plant, Adani said, was part of his group’s efforts to revolutionize the renewable energy ecosystem of India by building solar power plants, solar parks and manufacturing facilities with seamless integration.”
This plant, it is expected, will help the state reach its target of generating 3000 MW through solar power plants.