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The 4000 megawatt project will be spread over 77 kilometers of land, a space larger than the size of Manhattan. The project is expected to be completed over the course of 7 years at a cost of $4.4B USD. The proposed location is near Sambhar Salt Lake in the northern state of Rajasthan. In aggregate, India currently has a grid-connected solar-power capacity of 2,208 MW, so this new project will represent an almost 3x increase in India’s current solar power capacity.

The Implications

The project is expected to:

  • Have an estimated life of 25 years
  • Reduce India's carbon dioxide emissions by more than 4 million tonnes per year
  • Propel the country towards its goal of having 20,000 MW capacity by 2022

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