India to build the world’s largest solar power project in Rajasthan

Rajasthan Sambhar Lake

The Government of India is in the process of building a 4,000 MW ultra mega green solar power project near Sambhar Lake in Rajasthan.

The mega solar project, once completed, will be the largest such facility in the world, according to official reports.

The project will be built in two phases. The first phase will be of 1000 MW and will be commissioned in three years by the end of 2016, said Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises Minister Praful Patel.

The project is carried out by the Department of Heavy Industry (DHI). It will be situated in the 23,000 acre area of the Sambhar Salts Limited (SSL), a subsidiary of Hindustan Salts Limited, a public sector enterprise.

Rajasthan Sambhar Lake

A joint venture (JV) company will be formed with equity from BHEL, Solar Energy Corporation of India, Power Grid Corporation of India, SJVN, SSL and REIL to implement the first phase of the project, the Ministry said.

When the 4,000 MW of project is fully commissioned, it will generate 6,000 million units of power per annum. The project will supply power to the distribution companies of various States through the National Grid.

Based on the experience gained during implementation of the first phase, the remaining capacity would be implemented through a variety of models.