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The facility in Kamuthi, Tamil Nadu, has a capacity of 648 megawatts and covers an area of 10 kilometres squares.
The project is comprised of 2.5 million individual solar modules, and cost approximately 679M USD to build.
That is $4 USD per watt.“In my mind it would cost about $4,000 per installed kilowatt, based on electricity supply. If multiplied with 9,600 megawatts we get to R500 billion – that’s half of the price that is being thrown around.”
Impressive - ZA only has about 40GW TOTAL capacity (all sources).The new plant has helped nudge India’s total installed solar capacity across the 10 GW mark, according to a statement by research firm ‘Bridge to India’, joining only a handful of countries which can make this claim.
Not sure the lifespan of the project, but the cost needs to be measure in kW per hour.So that is $1.04 USD per Watt.
That is $4 USD per watt. <SNIP>
Which sets the effective cost of power at $6.9 USD per watt.<SNIP>
Solar Sold in Chile at Lowest Ever, Half Price of Coal
So it is half the price, but only works less than half the time :crylaugh:
ZA has good solar locations in the northern cape, karoo, ofsIdeal Location
The location for this particular power plant is also a factor, in northern Chile’s Atacama desert. It’s high in the Andes, close to the equator and is considered one of the sunniest and driest places on Earth. It’s ideal for solar energy, and will generate more electricity than projects in areas that get less sunshine.
Is installing a system in an area that gets regular rain worth it though?Guys should watch "Before The Flood" and you'll see why this is a great thing for India.
I speak under correction, but it's like 500mil people in India don't have electricity or access to it.
So why not use a technology that doesn't produce greenhouse gas, but still produces power 24/7?Eh at the current rate, if we don't do something about climate change we won't have a great environment to live in anymore.
Nuclear build times are in the *decades*, or *longer* if Eskom is doing it...
Coal is the same.
we have existing coal we can have as backup when we replace with cheaper renewables. If its needed, start it up. Shorter term needs can be handled with natural gas