India Building BY FAR the World’s Biggest Solar Power Plant

The project will be more than 10 times larger than any other solar project in existence today.

6 different state-owned companies will take part in the joint venture, which has a price tag of $4.4 billion.

Lake Sambhar (courtesy of NASA)

Lake Sambhar (courtesy of NASA)

Solar cells will stretch 77 square kilometers, an area larger than the island of Manhattan. The aerial image above shows Lake Sambhar, the designated site of the new plant.

The plant will have a capacity of 4,000 megawatts, about 4 times more than an average full-size nuclear plant.

According to Parimita Mohanty, a fellow at the Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) in New Delhi, the new project could reduce the country’s carbon emissions by more than 4 million tons per year.

Read the full story from the journal Nature here.

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