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India to build world's largest solar power station

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The central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh will lay claim to having the world’s largest solar power station by March 2017. The facility will take around 18 months to complete and be operational. The power plant will be built on barren, government owned land on an area of around 15km². The 750-megawatt (MW) facility will be almost twice the size of the current largest solar power plant, the Lvanpah facility in the Mojave Desert of California, which has a capacity of 392 MW.

This news by the Indian government comes after the Indian State of Cochin recently announced that they will be converting their international airport into a 100% solar powered facility. From May 2016 the airport will be powered by 46,150 solar powers. This will produce enough power to run around 10,000 homes each year and save 300,000 tonnes of carbon emissions over the next 25 years.

Both projects are part of a larger initiative by the country will see India working towards a goal of generating 175,000 MW of renewable energy per year by 2022. India has the potential to produce around 5,000 trillion kilowatt-hours of solar energy each year as there are an annual average of 300 clear and sunny days. This figure only takes land space into account so by implementing floating solar stations, like Japan has recently done, there is a potential to produce much more solar energy.

Pacific Island nations will also benefit from India’s solar ambitions as the government recently announced that they would be sharing their solar energy with those countries that cannot afford their own solar plant. It is hoped that sharing solar energy with poorer nations will help combat climate change. It is predicted that climate change could have devastating effects on Pacific Island nations as the frequency of natural disasters increases.

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