On March 1, 2018; Siddaramaiah, Chief Minister of Karnataka had inaugurated the world’s biggest solar park, with an estimated investment of Rs. 16,500 crore, at Pavagada in Karnataka’s Tumkur district.
According to project officials, this 2,000 megawatt (MW) solar park, popularly known as “Shakti Sthala” and spanning across 13,000 acres and spreads over five villages, which is considered as the benchmark of peoples’ participation in the renewable power scenario.
This unique project is commissioned by the entity, formed in March 2015, the Karnataka Solar Power Development Corporation, which is a joint venture of Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) and Karnataka Renewable Energy Development Ltd (KREDL).
D.K. Shivakumar, the Energy Minister of Karnataka said, “This ambitious project, spanning five villages, looks at farmers as the key partners, as also beneficiaries. Shakti Sthala is creating new job opportunities and economic growth leading to the prosperity of the people of Pavagada.”