Bhadla is one of the largest solar parks in India, spread over an area of 10,000 acres (40 sq km) in Jodhpur district in the state of Rajasthan. The proposed capacity is 2,255 MW, to be developed in 4 phases.
Temperatures at Bhadla usually range between 46 and 48 degrees Celsius, with searing hot winds, and almost daily sandstorms. The nearest urban-ish town is Phalodi, about 80km away. A number of Indian and multinational solar companies have taken up capacities at the Park. Besides their engineers and officials, about 300 others work at the site, including technicians, maintenance crews, construction workers, security guards, and cleaners for the million+ solar panels.
On 12 May 2017, Bhadla Phase-III Solar Park recorded a tariff bid of Rs 2.44 per kWh, the lowest in India on the date, at a competitive bidding for 500MW by the Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI). Acme Solar Holdings for bid the record rate for 200MW, while SBG Cleantech (Softbank) won the balance 300MW at Rs 2.45 per kWh.
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