The World's Largest Solar Park, located in Pavagada, Karnataka, is now fully operational.
The world’s first solar power plant is now fully operational. The Karnataka Solar Park Development Corporation Limited (KSPDCL), a joint venture between the Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) and the Karnataka Renewable Energy Corporation, established the Pavagada Solar Park in the Tumakuru district of Karnataka (KREDL). Initially, the plan was to build a solar park of capacity 2,000 MW spanning over 13,000 acres of land. Later, an additional capacity of 50 MW was added.
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. The mere magnitude and scale of the solar park make clear that this project has taken an equally huge amount of planning, hard work, and time to get the projects running.
A unique feature of the Pavagada Solar Park is that land used in the entire park is leased, which has lowered the park’s cost. The KSPDCL is paying farmers ₹21,000 (~$323)/acre/year with a five percent escalation every two years for land that is being utilized for solar park development. Since Pavagada is a drought-hit area, this arrangement worked for both parties.