The world's largest solar power plant has in Kamuthi, in Tamil Nadu, India. The new plant adds 648 MW to the country's generating capacity.
The Kamuthi Solar Power Project takes the title of world's largest solar plant from the Topaz Solar Farm in California, which was completed two years ago and has a capacity of 550 MW.
The Kamuthi Solar Power Project was built in only 8 months, and cost $679 million to complete. It contains 2.5 million individual solar panels, covers an area of almost 4 square miles, and is expected to power 150,000 homes.
With this plant, India becomes one of only a handful of countries to generate more than 10 GW of solar power. India is expected to become the third largest producer of solar power next year.
This plant generates a massive amount of power, but it's only a first step for India's solar plans. India has set a lofty goal of powering 60 million homes with solar power by the year 2022, and there's still a long way to go.