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India to have largest solar power plant in the world, overtaking the U.S.

By Andrew V. Pestano

NEW DELHI, Feb. 16 (UPI) -- Construction is underway for a 750-megawatt solar power plant in India that is set to become the largest solar power plant in the world.

It will overtake the current production record set by the "Desert Sunlight" solar project in California, which produces 550 megawatts.

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The project in India will cost about $640 million and will be constructed on about 3,700 acres of land in the Rewa district of the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh. The expected cost of power production will be about 8 cents per unit., the lowest in the country.

"The plant will be developed in three segments of 250 MW each," additional chief secretary for new and renewable energy, SR Mohanty said to the Times of India. "Land acquisition will be over by end of month and over 90% land for the project is owned by government."

The power plant is planned to be inaugurated on Aug. 15, 2016, India's independence day.

India plans to have a capacity of 100 gigawatts of solar power by 2022.

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