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Published on January 30th, 2014 | by Nicholas Brown


MoU Signed For Enormous 4,000 MW Solar Project In India

January 30th, 2014 by  

The Ministry of Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises of India, which comprises six companies, announced yesterday that it signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to construct a 4,000 MW ultra-mega solar power project (UMSPP).

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This project is expected to take seven years to complete, according to the MoU, and the first phase this solar project will be 1,000 MW — this can power up to 1.3 million homes (assuming an average power consumption of 3 kW).

The addition of this project would lessen the likelihood of power shortages (caused by fuel shortages), and reduce India’s reliance on oil, providing economic and smog-reduction benefits. The latter are especially helpful given that, in some cases, smog has gotten so extreme that people cannot see where they are going. With smog thick enough to obstruct visibility, the serious health problems, and even death, it is causing are staggering.

The following people represented the project before Shri Praful Patel, Minister of Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises and the Minister of New and Renewable Energy, Farooq Abdullah: Shri Prasada Rao of Baharat Heavy Electricals, Shri Rajendra Nimde of the government-run Solar Energy Corporation of India, Shri Tandon of land provider Sambhar Salt Lake, Shri Nayak of Power Grid, Shri Singh of Satluj Jal Vidyut Nigam Limited, and Shri Jain of Rajasthan Electronics and Instruments Limited.

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  • Steeple

    Rinse and repeat please.

    Why is it going to take 7 years?

    • Tom G.

      Excellent humorous response; the rinse & repeat thing.. Gave me my morning chuckle. Thank you.

    • A Real Libertarian

      Because it’s 10 times the size of the worlds current largest plant?

      • jeppen

        That explanation is not very good. 4,000 MW with 15% CF is the equivalent of half a modern nuclear reactor. So seven years for such a small amount of solar should be considered extremely slow.

        In other news, India is going forward with the Jaitapur nuclear power plant with 9,900 MW of capacity, worth as much as 60,000 MW solar and sporting a design life time of 60 years.

        • A Real Libertarian

          That’s built in an earthquake zone, with no plans for disposing of the 300 tonnes of nuclear waste, and completely unrealistic numbers.

          • jeppen

            What numbers are unrealistic?
            India’s choice is quite obvious:

          • A Real Libertarian

            “What numbers are unrealistic?”

            9.9 GW for $18 Billion dollars?

            Olkiluoto is currently (Dec. 2012) at $11.4 Billion for 1.6 GW, assuming it doesn’t get pushed back (Which it will).

          • jeppen

            It’s unrealistic with a successful nuclear project in a low cost country because you’ve seen a high-cost country botch it’s nuclear project? Ok. Whatever.

          • A Real Libertarian

            “It’s unrealistic with a successful nuclear project in a low cost country because you’ve seen a high-cost country botch it’s nuclear project? Ok. Whatever.”

            Yes, it is unrealistic to believe that the previous attempt to do it cost at least $7.12/Watt and this attempt will cost $1.81/Watt.

            Note that Olkiluoto was budgeted at $2.50/Watt.

          • jeppen

            The previous attempt is in China – at least I think that’s the Indians’ take. The two Chinese EPRs’ construction started five years later than Olkiluoto but will both be done before it. Construction time is five years each (including a regulatory hickup after Fukushima). The Chinese cost is about $2.3/W.

        • Bob_Wallace

          Why would you use a 15% CF for a very sunny place like India? Might it be that you’re not making an honest argument?

  • Omega Centauri

    Are the proposed sites for this project far enough from the major pollution sources that the DNI is not threatebed by the smog? I can easily imagine a chicken versus egg problem, where PV is useless because of pollution caused by heavy reliance on dirty energy.

  • arne-nl

    “and the first phase of it will be 1,000 MW — this can power up to 1.3 million homes (assuming an average power consumption of 3 kW).”

    An average power consumption of 3 kW is 3 * 8760 = 26,280 kWh/year.

    1 GW of solar in India will yield around 1.5 billion kWh per year.

    Divide the numbers and the result is 57,000 households, not 1.3 million.

    These numbers don’t make sense. Nicholas, can you correct your article?

    • Bill_Woods

      I don’t know how big an Indian ‘home’ is, but the country consumes about 910 TW-h per year (an average of about 100 GW), or about 760 kW-h per year (90 Waverage) per capita.

    • A Real Libertarian

      “1 GW of solar in India will yield around 1.5 billion kWh per year.”

      1 x 8,760 x 0.15 = 1,314 GWh or 1.314 trillion kWh per year.

      So multiply your number by 1,000 = 57 million households.

      • jeppen

        1,314 GWh = 1,314 thousand MWh = 1,314 million kWh = 1.314 billion kWh. So arne-nl is correct and you’re wrong.

        • A Real Libertarian


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