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India starts operating Asia’s largest solar plant

25MW solar power plant contains over 89,000 PV modules

The plant consists of more than 89,000 solar photovoltaic modules
The plant consists of more than 89,000 solar photovoltaic modules

Operation has started in India on the largest solar power plant in Asia. SunEdison, a leading worldwide solar energy services provider, has announced the activation of the 25 MW solar photovoltaic power plant located within a solar park at Charanka village in Patan district, Gujarat, India.

The project, which was completed in four months, is comprised of more than 89,000 solar photovoltaic modules. With the completion of this plant, SunEdison has now activated a total of 45 MW as part of the Gujarat Solar Program.

The 25 MW solar power plant is expected to produce more than 40 million kWh of clean solar energy in the first year of operation alone.

Commenting on the activation of the solar plant, Pashupathy Gopalan, managing director, South Asia and Sub-Saharan operations, SunEdison said, "SunEdison takes pride in being an active contributor to the largest solar power producing state in India. Owing to the state's progressive solar policies, we are confident we can help make Gujarat the national solar hub for India."

Setting a benchmark for solar project developments in India, the multi-facility solar park is currently home to approximately 200 MW of solar power generation capacity. Spread over 1,000 acres, the solar park was established as a part of the state government's new solar policy and is touted by the Gujarat government as the first-ever project in Asia to address the problems of climate change.

Providing multiple benefits for the local populace and region, solar parks are becoming instrumental in harnessing solar energy in India.