Let’s take a look at some of the exceptional projects across the world that has made news for adding newer dimensions to the power of the sun.
It is already a well-established fact that solar energy finds usage across all sectors today. According to the recently-published Global Market Outlook by industry body ‘Solar Power Europe’, the worldwide solar capacity is expected to touch a whopping 1,448 GW in 2024. Amid this optimism within the industry, solar power projects are gaining immense popularity all over the world.
Benban Solar Park, Egypt – A “big ocean” of photovoltaics
Have you heard of a solar plant that is visible from space? Welcome to the Benban Solar Park in Benban, Egypt. Currently the fourth-largest solar power plant in the world, this photovoltaic power station has a total capacity of 1650 MWp, amounting to an annual production of 3.8 TWh! This herculean initiative is targeted to influence private sector capital and expertise, in line with the country’s goal of generating 20% energy from renewable resources by 2022.
Sungrow Solar Farm, China – Floating to glory
Believe it or not, this is one of the world’s largest floating solar farm, boasting of 1,66,000 panels and producing enough solar energy (40MW) to power more than 15,000 homes! What makes it more noteworthy is the fact that it has been developed on a lake formed on top of a collapsed and flooded coal mine northwest of Anhui province’s Huainan City.
Solar Star Projects, California, U.S.A. – Powering the way
These two co-located solar installations are set up in the Kern and Los Angeles counties in California. Back in 2015, this was considered the largest solar plant in the world in terms of installed capacity. This 579-megawatt solar project employs 1.7 million monocrystalline solar panels and is spread over a monstrous 3,200 acres of land. The projects deliver enough electricity to power the equivalent of approximately 2,55,000 homes!
Tokelau Renewable Energy Project – Changing lives
The South Pacific nation of Tokelau has the distinction of being the first country in the world to have met all its electricity needs through solar power. The construction of this combined 1-MW of standalone PV, spread across the three atolls, was achieved way back in October 2012. A commendable achievement indeed for one of the smallest, most impoverished and isolated countries in the world!
Canal Solar Power Project, Gujarat – A deep-rooted success
When it comes to milestones vis-à-vis solar projects, India is not far behind! This project, the first of its kind in the country, used the 532 km-long networks of Narmada canals across the state of Gujarat to set up solar panels for electricity. This innovative project generates 1 MW of clean energy annually and eliminates the requirement to acquire vast tracts of land as well as limits the problem of evaporation of water from the canal.
Cochin International Airport – Flying high
Here is another cap in the feather of India when it comes to generating power from the sun. The Cochin International Airport has the distinction in the history of aviation of being the first airport in the world that entirely operates on solar power. The 46,150 solar panels laid across 45 acres of land generates about 50,000–60,000 units of electricity per day, more than enough to perform all operational activities. Not only does this solar farm produce clean energy, it even gives back power to the electrical grid!
India – Bright Future
Since India is definitely on its way to becoming a major solar hub in the world, the country is sure to generate many more such marvellous and inspiring solar projects in the future. The country’s solar installed capacity was 35,739 MW as recorded on 31 August 2020. Industry experts have predicted that by 2040, around 49% of the total electricity will be generated by renewable energy as more efficient batteries will be used to store electricity. This will further reduce the solar energy cost (by a massive 66%) as compared to the current price.
Reputed renewable energy companies like Nimbus Solar Solutions have made significant contributions to this Solar Revolution in India and will continue to propel the country forward. For example, Nimbus, as a company always stays abreast of the needs of all businesses, whether big or small. The dedicated team has been working tirelessly to supply tailor-made solar products for all industries. In the future, the company’s thrust area will be to accelerate the process of driving India towards becoming a global superpower in solar energy. Its strong financial relationships and in-depth knowledge of tax implications will facilitate every business to receive maximum return from their investment in this futuristic, renewable and clean source of energy.