Kamuthi Solar Power Project

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Kamuthi Solar Power Project
KamuthiSolarPark.jpg
Aerial view of Kamuthi Solar Park
CountryIndia
LocationKamuthi, Tamil Nadu
Coordinates9°20′51″N 78°23′32″E / 9.347568°N 78.392162°E / 9.347568; 78.392162Coordinates: 9°20′51″N 78°23′32″E / 9.347568°N 78.392162°E / 9.347568; 78.392162
StatusOperational
Construction beganFebruary 2016
Commission dateMarch 2017
Construction cost4,550 crore (equivalent to 51 billion or US$720 million in 2019)
Owner(s)Adani Green Energy
Solar farm
TypeFlat-panel PV
Site resourceappr 2100 kWh/(m2*yr)
Site area2,500 acres (10 km2)
Power generation
Nameplate capacity648 MWp
Capacity factor24 %
Annual net outputAppr. 1.35 TWh/yr

Kamuthi Solar Power Project is a photovoltaic power station spread over an area of 2,500 acres (10 km2) in Kamuthi, Ramanathapuram district, 90 km from Madurai, in the state of Tamil Nadu, India.[1] The project was commissioned by Adani Power.[2] With a generating capacity of 648 MWp at a single location, it is the world's 12th largest solar park based on capacity.[3][4]

ABB commissioned five sub-stations to connect the solar park with the National Grid on 13 June 2016.[5][6] The Kamuthi Solar Power Project was completed on 21 September 2016 with an investment of around 4,550 crore (equivalent to 53 billion or US$740 million in 2019).[7] The solar plant consists of 2.5 million solar modules, 380,000 foundations, 27,000 metres of structures, 576 inverters, 154 transformers, and almost 6,000 km of cables.[8][9] Construction of the structures needed to mount the solar panels required 30,000 tonnes of galvanised steel.[10] Around 8,500 workers installed an average of 11 MW of capacity per day to complete the project within 8 months.[11][12]

The entire solar park is connected to a 400 kV substation of the Tamil Nadu Transmission Corp.[13] The solar panels are cleaned daily by a self-charged robotic system.[14]

Given the solar resource of around 2100 kWh/(m2*yr) an annual generation of 1.35 TWh/yr may be possible.[15] This corresponds to a capacity factor (or average power) of 24% of the peak capacity 648 MWp. Assuming a technical life time of 25 years the investment cost is 700 MUSD/(25*1.35 TWh) = 2 US cent/kWh.

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