Why is Kamuthi Solar Power Project special?

Kamuthi Solar Power Project is the largest single location solar power plant in the world, located at Kamuthi, 90 km from Madurai, in the state of Tamil Nadu. The plant covers an area of 2,500 acres, which, to put it in perspective, is enough space to organise 476 parallel football matches. It has a capacity of 648 MW of clean, green power, and will provide electricity to 1.5 lakh homes. The cost of building the plant was $679 million (approximately Rs 4,500 crore).

The solar power plant contains 25 lakh individual solar panels, 380,000 foundations, 27,000 metres of structures, 576 inverters, 154 transformers, and almost 6,000 km of cables. Construction of the structures needed to mount the solar panels required 30,000 tonnes of galvanised steel. Around 8,500 workers installed an average of 11 MW of capacity per day to complete the project within 8 months and was completed on 21 September 2016. The solar panels are cleaned on a daily basis by a robotic system, which is in turn charged by solar power, thereby making it a self sustaining system.

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