India is setting its foundations for what it deems will be the world's largest hybrid renewable energy park.
The megapark is set to produce a whopping 30 gigawatts of electricity, reported Agence France Presse (AFP).
The country's Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, laid the first foundation stone on Tuesday last week. PM Modi said the park would help India reduce its carbon dioxide emissions by up to 50 million tons each year.
The megapark will be located in the Kutch region of the western Gujarat state in India and will span 72,600 hectares (180,000 acres) — which roughly translates to the size of Singapore.
The park will be made up of all the good stuff like solar panels, solar energy storage units, and windmills. The hybrid renewable energy park is part of a bigger project, which includes a desalination plant, and a fully automated milk processing and packing plant.
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The desalination plant will be built to process 26.4 million gallons (100 million liters) of water every day, which will help approximately 800,000 people living in the dry region.
Modi said "the hybrid renewable energy park will be the largest in the world and generate 30,000 gigawatts of power," as reported by AFP.
"Energy security and water security are vital in the 21st century," he continued. "The two major projects of the renewable energy park and the desalination plant inaugurated today in Kutch are steps towards achieving the two."
India plans on generating 175 GW in renewable energy by 2022, and 450 GW by 2030. This megapark is certainly a step in that direction. On top of this, the world's second most populous country also aims to bring down its carbon dioxide emissions by 50 million tons every year.