In December 2020, Prime Minister Narendra Modi laid the foundation for the largest renewable energy project in the world in Gujarat, India: 30 gigawatts of wind and solar power.
A project this size can be difficult to fathom. Not long ago, 30 megawatts was a large renewable energy plant, and even today a 300 megawatt plant is considered large. 30.000 megawatt must be considered huge, then.
By the end of 2019 India had 42.8 GW of solar power. Only five countries had more than 30 GW of solar power capacity installed. In this project India will have 30 GW in one state. In comparison, all across the United States, from Hawaii to Florida they have 49.45 GW of solar power capacity installed.
In connection with the start of the project, Prime Minister Modi was invited to give a speech, in which he among other things said: “This park will be spread over 70,000 hectares of land equivalent to Singapore and Bahrain. About Rs 1.5 lakh crore will be invested in the construction of this park.”Prime Minister Modi also mentioned that the project will create jobs for 100,000 (lakh) people.
The Economic Times reports that: “The park will have a hybrid park zone for wind and solar energy storage, as well as an exclusive zone for wind park activities,”
By 2022 India’s goal is to have installed 175 GW of renewable energy capacity. It is a strong target. It is also impressive that 17% GW of this will come from one hybrid power project.