India switches on largest solar field

2012-04-19 16:42

New Delhi - The west Indian state of Gujarat is flipping the switch on Asia's largest solar power field, as just part of its 600MW solar energy addition to India's power grid.

The Gujarat Solar Park, spread across a desolate swath of desert, accounts for 214 MW of photovoltaic solar capacity, making it larger than China's 200 MW Golmud Solar Park.

The project gives a serious boost to India's renewable energy ambitions.

India aims for solar power to account for 3% of national capacity - or 1 000MW - by 2013. Overall, it wants renewables to make up 15% of capacity by 2020, from 6% today.

Gujarat environment chief SK Nanda says the state is ideal for solar because of its sparsely populated desert in the north.

  • Maximus - 2012-04-19 18:42

    Well done. The best Eskom can do even with billions in revenue, is further increase prices.

  • Gordon - 2012-04-19 20:12

    I wonder how much they spent on it compared to our rip-off implementations in SA?

  • Lanfear - 2012-04-20 11:22

    WHY are we not doing this in SA?!

      gbestenbier1 - 2012-04-20 15:30

      They are waiting for money from the Chinese bankers.

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