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World's largest solar park launched in Karnataka      

By Madhuri Adnal
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    The world's largest solar park set up at an investment of Rs.16,500 crore at Pavagada in Karnataka's Tumakuru district was launched by Chief Minister Siddaramaiah on Thursday.

    Here are the salient features of the solar park:

    Where is it located?

    Where is it located?

    The 2,000 MW solar park, also called the Shakti Sthala, is situated at Pavagada in Tumakuru district of Karnataka. This solar park is touted to be the world's biggest solar power installation. It is spread over 13,000 acres of land across five villages and is worth Rs 16,500 crore.

    About massive power station

    About massive power station

    The park is unique because of people's participation in power generation model put forward in implementing the project. The park, located in the bone-dry region of Pavagada, will help 2,300 farmers earn up to Rs 21,000 per acre of land and has been executed at a cost of Rs 16,500 crore.

    Why in Pavagada region?

    Why in Pavagada region?

    Pavagada, being the most drought-prone state, witnessed large-scale migration over the last decade. With the solar park, the government aims to help local farmers and also create a source of unlimited clean energy.

    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.

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