Karnataka to Expand Pavagada Solar Park Capacity by 3 GW


  • KSPDCL to set up two solar parks (2500 MW and 500 MW) in the Tumkur district
  • The state will lease 12000 acres of land space for the projects.

Karnataka Energy Department plans to expand the capacity of Pavagada Solar Park by 3 GW. Pavagada, which currently has an installed capacity of 2050 MW, is the second largest solar plant in India and the third largest in the world.

For this project, the Karnataka Solar Power Development Corporation Limited (KSPDCL) will develop a 2500 MW solar park near the Ryapte Gram Panchayat area and a 500 MW solar park near the Inturayanhalli panchayat area, in the Tumkur district.

The state government would require approximately 12,000 acres of land (10,000 acres in Ryapte village and 2,000 acres in Inturayanhalli village to set up solar power plants. KSPDCL is looking to lease this land area and has invited expressions of interest from landholders in the two villages.

Before the development of Bhadla Solar Park in Rajasthan, Pavagada used to be the largest solar park in Asia. Deputy Chief Minister DK Shivakumar had previously stated that Karnataka wishes to see Pavagada occupy the number 1 spot again.

The park can generate 4.5 billion units of energy every year. It was jointly developed by Solar Energy Corporation of India Ltd (SECI) and Karnataka Solar Power Development Corporation Ltd. (KSPDCL)

In March of 2022, Karnataka launched its new Renewable Energy Policy for the years 2022-2027 with the target to install 10 GW RE capacity. Karnataka is also one of the top 5 solar-powered states in India.

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Resource: Mercom India

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