India is setting the foundations for what it claims will be the world's largest hybrid renewable energy park. Equivalent in size to Singapore!
The country's Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, laid the foundation stone last week. Modi said the park would help India reduce its CO2 emissions by up to 50 million tons each year. "This park will be bigger than India's biggest metro cities. It will produce power using the energy of the Sun and the wind," he added.
The megapark will be located in Gujarat state and will span a whopping 72,600 hectares (180,000 acres) - which roughly translates to the size of Singapore. The park will be made up of all the good stuff like solar panels, solar energy storage units, and windmills. The hybrid renewable energy park is part of a bigger project, which includes a desalination plant, and a fully automated milk processing and packing plant.
The desalination plant will be built to process 26.4 million gallons (100 million litres) of water every day, which will help approximately 800,000 people living in the dry region. Modi said "the hybrid renewable energy park will be the largest in the world and generate 30,000 gigawatts of power," as reported by AFP.
The energy project in Modi's home state will account for a large chunk of India's ambitious target of generating 175 GW in renewable energy by 2022 and 450 GW by 2030.
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