Bengaluru, March 1: Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah and state Power Minister DK Shivakumar on Thursday inaugurated world’s largest solar park at Pavagada. It has the capacity of generating 2000 MW power. Also Read - International Flights: Karnataka Govt Issues Revised Guidelines For Returnees From Abroad | Check Details

“This mega project was conceptualized, planned & built in just three years and is a testament of our commitment towards development,” Shivakumar tweeted.

Here are the salient features of the solar park:

  • Known as Shakti Sthala, the solar park with the capacity of generating 2000 MW power was created by 2300 farmers.
  • It is spread over 13,000 acres of land across five villages and is worth Rs 16,500 crore.
  • No land acquisition happened for building the Shakti Sthala. Instead, farmers will get Rs 21,000 per acre as rental.
  • The tariff per unit has been fixed at Rs 3.30 per unit.
  • Pavagada, being the most drought-prone state, witnessed large scale migration over the last decade. The solar park provided employment opportunities and involved people’s participation in power generation.

Karnataka has seen an overall increase in power generation capacity to 23,379 MW in January this year from around 14,030 MW in 2012-13.