Bhadla Solar Park

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Bhadla Solar Park is the largest solar park in the world as of 2020, and is spread over a total area of 5,700 hectares (14,000 acres) in Bhadla, Phalodi tehsil, Jodhpur district, Rajasthan, India.[1]

Bhadla Solar Park
2020-05-20, Sentinel-2A L1C, True color (1).jpg
CountryIndia
LocationBhadla, Jodhpur district, Rajasthan
Coordinates27°32′23″N 71°54′55″E / 27.5396685°N 71.9152528°E / 27.5396685; 71.9152528Coordinates: 27°32′23″N 71°54′55″E / 27.5396685°N 71.9152528°E / 27.5396685; 71.9152528
StatusOperational
Commission date20 March 2020
Solar farm
TypeFlat-panel PV
Site area5,700 ha (14,000 acres)
Power generation
Nameplate capacity2245 MW[1][2][3]

The park has a total capacity of 2245 MW.[1] The park had witnessed the lowest bid for solar power in India as of December 2020 at 2.44 (3.4¢ US) per kilowatt-hour.[4][5] In September 2018, Acme Solar announced that it had commissioned India's cheapest solar power: 200 MW at Bhadla.[6]

Location[edit]

Officially recognized as a sandy, dry, and arid region with an area of about 45 km2 (17 sq mi), Bhadla is located about 200 km (120 mi) north of Jodhpur and about 320 km (200 mi) west of the state capital Jaipur. The region has been described as "almost unlivable" due its climate. Average temperatures in Bhadla hover between 46 and 48 °C (115 and 118 °F), with hot winds and sand storms occurring frequently. The nearest habitation to Bhadla is the village of Bap located about 50 km (31 mi) away, and the closest urban area – a tehsil town called Phalodi – is situated 80 km (50 mi) away.[7]

Development of Bhadla Solar Park documented on satellite Sentinel-2 imagery

Auctions[edit]

Phase I[edit]

In the first phase, NTPC Limited auctioned 420 MW of capacity split into 6 packages of 70 MW each. The Finnish company Fortum quoted the lowest tariff of 4.34/kW⋅h. Rising Sun Energy and Solairedirect won 2 packages, each quoting a price of 4.35/kW⋅h. Yarrow Infrastructure won the remaining package quoting a price of 4.36/kW⋅h.[8][9]

In December 2016, Solairedirect signed an agreement with Ecoppia, a PV panel cleaning solutions developer, to provide automated cleaning solutions to the project. Due to the park's location in a desert region, it is prone to dust storms.[10] Solairedirect secured a loan of 6.75 billion (equivalent to 7.6 billion or US$110 million in 2019) from IDBI Bank in February 2017 to help finance the project.[11]

Phase II[edit]

The Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) auctioned 250 MW capacity in the second phase for which 27 firms submitted bids.[12]

Phase III[edit]

SECI auctioned 1000 MW capacity in the third phase on 11 May 2017.[5]

SECI also actioned 800 MW for tariff of 2.44 (3.4¢ US) per kilowatt-hour. The SoftBank Group has been awarded 500 MW and ACME 200 MW. ACME commissioned the 200 MW capacity in September 2018.[3] HFE commissioned the 100 MW capacity in November 2019. The entire 200 MW capacity is expected to be commissioned by January 2020.[5]

Phase IV[edit]

SECI auctioned 250 MW capacity in the fourth phase on 9 May 2017.[5]

South Africa's Phelan Energy Group and Avaada Power were awarded 50 MW and 100 MW of capacity, respectively. Their bids of 2.62 per kilowatt-hour were the lowest tariffs for any solar power project in India. It was also lower than NTPC's average coal power tariff of 3.20 per kilowatt-hour. SBG Cleantech, a consortium of Softbank Group, Airtel and Foxconn, was awarded the remaining 100 MW capacity at a rate of 2.63/kW⋅h.[13]

SECI tendered bids for the remaining 750 MW capacity in June 2017.[14] In this way, the entire solar park will be completed by December 2018, and with 2055 MW installed capacity, it will be the one of the world's largest solar parks.

Commissioning[edit]

On 22 February 2017, NTPC announced that it had commissioned 115 MW of capacity at the park.[15] An additional 45 MW of capacity was commissioned on 8 March,[16][17] and 25 MW on 18 March.[18] NTPC announced the commissioning of 20 MW capacity at the park on 23 March,[19][20] and 55 MW on 25 March 2017,[21][22] taking the total commissioned capacity of the Bhadla park to 260 MW.[23] In September 2018, 1365 MW had been commissioned.

After its full capacity became operational, the park became the largest fully commissioned PV project in the world at 2,245 MW,[24] with its investment rising to 100 billion (US$1.4 billion).

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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