The largest fully operational solar park until the end of 2019, the 2,050MW Shakti Sthala solar power project in Pavagada taluk, Tumakuru district, Karnataka, is now the second-largest solar power plant in India after Rajasthan’s Bhadla.
Developed by the Karnataka Solar Park Development Corporation Limited (KSPDCL) — a joint venture between the Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) and the Karnataka Renewable Energy (KREDL), with help from the National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) — the Pavagada Solar Park spans more than 13,000 acres of land. The Rs. 14,800 crore (approx. $1.95 billion) venture has reportedly benefited 2,300 Pavagada farmers, who were finding it difficult due to the region being located in a semi-arid tract that attracts very little rainfall.