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India Launches the World's Largest Solar Power Farm

Dec 02, 2016 06:23 AM EST
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India Launches the World's Largest Solar Power Farm
One of India's long-term goals is to become one of the largest producers of solar power next year.
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India just launched the world's largest solar power farm, a 2,500-acre facility in Kamuthi, which has a capacity of 648 megawatts and could power up as much as 150,000 homes. With the Paris Climate Change agreement and the decision of the majority of powerful nations to completely eradicate reliance upon coal, renewable energy such as solar power becomes high in demand. 

According to a report by Abdulmalik Fahd, it is one of India's long-term goals to become one of the largest producers of solar power next year. It is also one of their aims to power millions of homes by being able to produce 100 gigawatts of solar energy. With this, they could significantly reduce their carbon emissions by the end of 2030.

Electrek's report on India's standing shows that the country has could generate a total of 10 Gigawatts of solar power, the largest of all developing countries and one of the largest contributors in the world. On the other hand, they are still 90 percent short of their target of 100 Gigawatts, and it is expected that the country will be seen to launch more solar farms in the next few years.

The favorable weather conditions in India have pushed them toward this very ambitious goal. This could mean that the country will be funding possibly hundreds more solar farms to be able to harness as much energy as they can.

Although it could be a big initial investment and occupies a larger space than most plants, solar power has been reported to have numerous benefits. Other than it produces very minimal to no carbon emissions, consumers are expected to have more savings because utility companies will be reducing energy bills. It is interesting as well that most space modules used by NASA are powered by solar panels, as reported by Solar Power World Online. Energy generated by these panels could power up the spacecraft for days or months. 

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