The Largest Hybrid Solar-wind Farm In The World Is Projected In India

Hybrid solar wind farm. Image: Diyana Dimitrova Shutterstock

The Khavda solar hybrid park in India will be expanded in the next five years. It is expected to generate 1.5 gigawatts of wind power and 750 megawatts of solar power.

Gujarat is a state in western India. It is the sixth largest by area and the ninth most populous. It is characterized by being highly industrialized, with a high oil refining capacity given the presence of companies in the sector.

Despite their dependence on fossil fuels as an energy source, they have a hybrid solar-wind farm that will be expanded by the Adany Green Energy company. It aims to become the largest in the world in the next five years.

Hybrid park in Khavda.

Image: Soonthorn Wongsaita Shutterstock

The investment will be made by Adani Green Energy Company, a joint venture between the Government of Rajasthan and the Adani Group, an Indian multinational conglomerate based in Ahmedabad, Gujarat. The group manages several businesses, in various sectors such as energy, logistics, agribusiness, financial services and defense.

In addition to the planned expansion of the park, Adani will also invest in expanding solar photovoltaic production capacity, establishing a one million ton copper smelting and refining project and a cement and clinker manufacturing unit.

The estimated cost of the investment is seven thousand seven hundred million dollars and will provide 1.5 gigawatts of wind power and 750 megawatts of solar power.

Adani has signed similar investment agreements with neighboring Rajasthan state, which is rich in solar resources. In 2015, the company signed an agreement with the state government for a 10 gigawatt solar capacity plant.

Under the agreement, 10 gigawatts of solar power will be installed in the districts of Jodhpur and Jaisalmer. In the first phase, 2 gigawatts of capacity will be installed. An auction of 500 megawatts of capacity in the first phase has already been completed.

With this project, Gujarat consolidates its policy of renewable projects, which seeks to establish wind farms and hybrid wind-solar parks throughout the state.

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