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Report: India seeks to build world's largest solar plant

Posted: 12 Aug 2008 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:solar panels? assembly? power? energy?

The world's largest solar power project is under negotiations for the state of Gujarat in western India at a cost of about $5 billion. Total power generation capacity is expected to reach 5GW.

The U.S.-based Clinton Foundation is already in talks with the state government to create an "Integrated Solar City" that will be producing the raw materials for solar-based power generation, like glass and solar panels.

According to a recent report in Business Standard from Ahmedabad, Gujarat state, a senior state official, who refused to be identified, said the cost of materials for the huge project will be much less than the past power-generation projects. He added that the project could reduce the cost of power generation from 25 cents per unit to 10 cents.

The Indian government has assigned John Byrne, professor at the University of Delaware of public policy and Nobel Prize winner, to develop a solar energy road map for the state.

Former U.S. President Bill Clinton's foundation, supported by corporate giants like Microsoft Corp. and GE Energy, wants to use its $12 billion kitty to finance "green" energy initiatives. "The Foundation is also negotiating with state officials in Andhra Pradesh and Rajasthan about building other solar power projects," the report said.

Several major solar panel manufacturing plants have been proposed, with a total investment of about $17 billion. The projects are still waiting for government approval and tax breaks.

- K.C. Krishnadas
EE Times

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