India unveils 4GW mega-solar plan

The Indian government has unveiled plans for a 4GW solar mega-project in Rajasthan.

Although details of the project are sketchy,  a government statement said it hopes to have a 1GW first phase commissioned by the end of 2016.

If fully realised, the project – called the Sambhar Ultra -Mega Green Solar Power Project – would be the largest solar facility in the world, Indian officials stressed.

There is no indication if PV, solar-thermal or a hybrid of the two technologies is anticipated at the plant, which will “supply power to the distribution companies of various States through the National Grid”.

The plan is under the control of the country’s Department of Heavy Industry, which has earmarked 93 sq km on a site owned by Sambhar Salts Limited, a state enterprise close to Sambhar Lake, about 75km from Jaipur.

The government said it expects the first phase to be executed through a joint venture including BHEL, Solar Energy Corporation of India and Power Grid Corporation of India.