In less than a month, the world’s largest single location solar park at Kurnool will be operational. Kurnool Ultra Solar Park of 1000MW is spread over a total area of 5,932.32 acres in Pinnapuram, Panyam mandal of Kurnool district, Andhra Pradesh.
The park in which 900MW of the 1000MW is already commissioned, surpasses 648MW Kamuthi solar park in Tamil Nadu and Topaz Solar Farm of 550 mw in California. The park is anticipated to produce 2,600 million units of power per annum, which will help to achieve production of 10000MW solar power by 2022.
G Adiseshu, MD of APSPCL, said that of the 1000 MW, 500 MW has been implemented by Greenko, 350 MW by Softbank Energy both at Rs. 4.63 per kWh, Azure Power 100 MW and Adani 50 MW, the latter two at Rs. 5.13 per unit with domestic content. The project will also get bundled with NTPC thermal project bringing the tariffs down to Rs. 4 a unit.
The state which now has 6052mW of installed renewable projects, stands first in generation of solar power of 1867.23MW, followed by Rajasthan, Telangana and Gujarat. The project is developed by the Andhra Pradesh Solar Power Corporation Private Limited (APSPCL), a joint venture of the Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) with 50percent equity, Andhra Pradesh Power Generation Corporation(APGENCO) with 41percent and the New & Renewable Energy Development Corporation of Andhra Pradesh Ltd(NREDCAP) with 9percent.