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India will have a solar park as large as South Limburg
By: Hanah van der Korput
A huge energy project is being worked on in the salt desert between India and Pakistan: a solar park that will cover 726 square kilometers. That is a size larger than South Limburg, which has an area of ​​660 square kilometers.
The solar park is called the Khavda renewable energy park, after the village closest to the site. The mega project should be completed in three years. The solar park is expected to supply 30 gigawatts of renewable energy annually. This can provide electricity to almost 18 million Indian homes. The construction costs around 2.1 billion euros.

Away from fossil
India wants to obtain 50 percent of all energy from sustainable sources by 2030. The total installed capacity must then be 500 gigawatts. With 30 gigawatts, the Khavda park makes a nice contribution. The country currently uses a lot of fossil fuels. Coal generates more than 70 percent of India's electricity. Renewable sources account for 10 percent of the energy mix. The country is the third largest emitter of greenhouse gases, after China and the United States.

No regard for the environment
The fact that India is taking clean energy projects seriously is not well received by everyone. Green energy projects are exempt from environmental impact assessments. According to environmental experts and activists, this is a disaster. Naturalist Abi T Vanak told ABCNews: “The salt desert is a unique landscape rich in flora and fauna. Think of flamingos, desert foxes and migratory bird species that fly from Europe and Africa to winter in this region.”

He finds it unfortunate that these regions are labeled as deserts by the government. “They are not recognized as valid ecosystems.”

More mega parks
Khavda Park does not stand alone. There are more enormous solar fields in India. For example, Bhadla Solar Park in the northwest of the country covers approximately 57 square kilometers. The Pavagada solar park is another example. This is 53 square kilometers in size.

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  • Rotich Kim

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    This move by India government will provide more solution to climate change and innovation we need to support and embrace it in other countries

    • Munene Mugambi

      17 w

      This will make a difference in India's grid by adding renewable energy there. Way to go

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