India, Tamil Nadu and the Adani Group graduated into the global solar energy map with the commissioning and inauguration of the world’s single- largest solar power plant at Ramanathapuram district of the State. With the commissioning of this plant, Tamil Nadu is on its way to emerge as the country’s power hub, according to sources in Tamil Nadu Generation and Distribution Company.
A 648 MW solar power plant costing Rs4,550 crore spread across 5,000 acres of land was dedicated to the nation by Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa from Fort Saint George (Tamil Nadu Government’s seat of power) in Chennai through video conferencing on Thursday. The plant was built at a record time of eight months amidst efforts by some political parties to derail the work.
Adani Group, a multinational company specialising in infrastructure development which is also the single largest private thermal power producer in the country had launched Adani Green Energy (Tamil Nadu) Ltd to set up the world’s single largest solar power plant.
According to a release issued by the Adani Group, ‘8,500 persons worked round-the clock for averaging out about 11 MW of installation in a day to set up the plant’. Gautam Adani, the 54-year-old chairman of Adani Group, described the dedication of the plant as a momentous occasion for India as well as Tamil Nadu. “A plant of this magnitude reinstates the country’s ambition of becoming one of the leading green energy producers in the world,” said Gautam Adani.
The State-of-the-art plant was set up as part of Tamil Nadu’s new Solar Energy Policy unveiled by chief minister Jayaalithaa in 2012. The new Solar Energy Policy has set a target of 3,000 MW which according to the Adani Group is “ambitious yet highly achievable target”.
The massive plant comprises of 3,80,000 foundations, 25,00,000 solar modules, 27,000 tonne structures, 576 inverters, 154 transformers and cables measuring more than 6,000 km, said the release by the Group. The company also disclosed that the 648 MW plant I connected with the 400 kv substation of Tamil Nadu Transmission Company(TANTRANSCO).
Tamil Nadu has vast stretches of uncultivable lands in the southern districts of Tirunelveli, Ramanathapuram, Sivaganga and Virudhunagar which are ideal spots to set up solar power plants, according to Surendra Pimparkhedkar, lead scientist, World Institute of Solar Energy.