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Breaking: India to Build The Largest Solar Park in The World!

As the world’s technology becomes more sophisticated, the energy needed to power innovation also gets bigger over time. However, with fossil fuel power plants becoming less appealing due to their impact on the environment, countries are turning to renewable resources for cleaner energy. The burning of coal and fossil fuels are the leading cause in the increase of the CO2 levels and other greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. This, in turn, increases the world’s temperature as they trap heat from the Sun.

The Paris Accord is a written agreement within the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), where countries adhere to deal with greenhouse emissions and mitigation is an attempt to give a solution to this problem. In line with this agreement, participants must minimize coal and fossil fuel dependence and start a shift to greener energies such as wind and solar.

Largest Solar Park in the Country

A 2 Gigawatt Solar Park is underway in Pavagada, Karnataka, south of India. The 5,261-hectare plant will take three years to reach completion, including the conceptualization, planning and construction DK Shivakumar, Karnataka’s energy minister, says. The government accomplished 600MW during the first phase of construction while the remaining project is set to be finished in late 2018. After completion, the park can supply up to 700,000 households.

The solar park in Pavagada, India

India to Raise the Stakes in Clean Energy Implementation

Previously regarded as a “laggard in the fight against climate change”, this country now is growing it’s Solar Power infrastructure hoping to incite the world into a Renewable Energy Revolution and reduce dependency on coal and fossil fuels. With the advent of low-cost panels coupled with government incentives, India has now surpassed Japan as the third biggest market for solar power.

French President (L) and international investors invested in India’s renewable energy after Prime Minister Modi (R) presented his policies on building solar powers.

As Trump’s America abandons the Paris Agreement on fighting climate change, India has now taken over the lead role in taking some significant steps in the green energy revolution. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi calls to generate 100 gigawatts of solar capacity by the year 2022, as big as the total output of Spain.

Last month, India hosted the International Solar Alliance’ first conference. Solar Alliance is an international organization initiated by PM Modi to promote the generation and development of solar power technology in 121 countries by raising $1 trillion funds.

The drive to innovate and improve the current energy production in the nation comes from a fast-growing economy that stands at a roughly 7% annual growth. However, the country still relies on coal plants heavily. In fact, the current usage of gas amounts 58% with wind and solar at 10% and 5% respectively. But, with the creation of Shakti Sthala and other solar power facilities, India hopes to quickly shift to greener alternatives.

The Power Source of the Future

As solar panels become increasingly cheaper to produce, more countries can have access to inexpensive and clean energy

Image Caption: As solar panels become increasingly cheaper to produce, more countries can have access to inexpensive and clean energy.

With the promising program the government has introduced in India, many energy companies are considering to establish several power plants to cater the large market. The strategy employed by the government allows for a solid framework in which firms and other developers could build on top. With the transmission and land acquisition taken cared of, more companies and developers would want to invest in the country. The future of India’s green energy looks quite bright.

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