World’s Largest Solar Park in India

IAS Prelims 2023

Kurnool Ultra Mega Solar Park is a solar park spread over a total area of 5,932.32 acres (24.0072 km2) in Panyam mandal of Kurnool district, Andhra Pradesh.

The project is being implemented by the Andhra Pradesh Solar Power Corporation Private Limited (APSPCL), a joint venture of the Solar Energy Corporation of India, Andhra Pradesh Power Generation Corporation and the New & Renewable Energy Development Corporation of Andhra Pradesh Ltd.

The park was built at an investment of around ₹7,000 crore (US$1.1 billion) by solar power developers and the Central and State governments.

Solar power developers invested ₹6,000 crore (US$930 million), while the remaining ₹1,000 crore (US$160 million) was funded by APSPCL supported by a ₹200 crore (US$31 million) grant from the Union Government.

With more than 900 MW of the 1,000 MW already commissioned, and the rest expected to be ready soon, the Kurnool Ultra Solar Park has become the largest single location solar project.

With a capacity of 1,000 MW, it has already outpaced the 648 MW solar park developed by the Adani group in Tamil Nadu and the 550 MW Topaz Solar Park in California.

The project is located about 280 km from Hyderabad and is developed under the Ministry of Renewable Energy’s Solar Parks scheme. The park has been set up by the Andhra Pradesh Solar Power Corporation Limited (APSPCL), a joint venture company where in 50 per cent equity is held by Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI), 41 per cent by AP Genco and 9 per cent by Non-conventional Energy Development Corporation of Andhra Pradesh (NREDCAP).

List of World’s largest Photovoltaic Power Stations (Rank Wise):

Name Country
Kurnool Ultra Mega Solar Park  India
Longyangxia Dam Solar Park  China
Kamuthi Solar Power Project  India
Solar Star (I and II)  United States
Topaz Solar Farm  United States
Copper Mountain Solar Facility  United States
Desert Sunlight Solar Farm  United States
Huanghe Hydropower Golmud Solar Park  China
Mesquite Solar project  United States
Quaid-e-Azam Solar Park  Pakistan
Yanchi Solar Park  China
Charanka Solar Park  India
Springbok Solar Farm  United States
Cestas Solar Farm  France
Agua Caliente Solar Project  United States
Antelope Valley Solar Ranch  United States
Mount Signal Solar  United States
Silver State South Solar Project  United States
California Valley Solar Ranch  United States
Moapa Southern Paiute  United States
NP Kunta  India
El Romero Solar Farm  Chile
Escalante Solar Project  United States
Bhadla Solar Park  India
Garland Solar Facility  United States
Cixi solar farm  China
Gonghe Industrial Park Phase I  China
Gansu Jintai Solar Facility  China
Tranquillity Solar project  United States
Astoria Solar project  United States
Solar Capital De Aar  South Africa
Centinela Solar Energy Project  United States
Solarpark Meuro  Germany
Campo Verde Solar Project  United States
Finis Terrae solar project  Chile
Comanche Solar  United States
Welspun Solar MP project  India
Azure Power solar farm  India
Imperial Solar Energy Center South  United States
Imperial Solar Energy Center West  United States
Roserock solar farm  United States
SolarGen 2 Imperial Valley  United States
Stateline Solar  United States
Zhongli Tenghui solar farm  China