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A new model for solar power development has taken hold globally – the Solar Park – and with it the largest solar power plants are coming . A great example of one is talked about a bit deeper at the Benban Park in Egypt. Fundamentally – a solar park is a large number of utility scale solar projects grouped together on a large piece of large sharing interconnection infrastructure. This allows for investors to investment $60-200 million chunks on a project, while sharing a lot of surrounding costs. Building roads, negotiating with landowners, getting utility approvals, taking advantage of environmental/civil analysis, etc. The Egyptian park was specifically designed to drive international investment into a broader, safer project – while still providing a multi-billion dollar overall project. India has now taken this park model to the next level – 5 GW. More than doule the current largests parks – Egypt above and another Indian projejct around 2GW. Expect it to continue.

SOURCE: The 5 GW park will be located along the Gulf of Khambhat in DSIR on a contiguous stretch of land spread over 11,000 hectares. The government expects investments worth 250 billion INR (US$3.84 billion) and new jobs for more than 20,000 people.

By John Fitzgerald Weaver

John Fitzgerald Weaver is a solar developer; known digitally as the 'Commercial Solar Guy.' As a project developer and installer, he’s sold and managed 50+ solar projects, valued over $25 million, ranging in size from 5kW to 1500kW. He’s been involved in many aspects of the solar supply chain –- as a company founder, developer, project manager, manufacturer, permit runner, salesman, contractor and financier. In his free time he tries to get away and clear his mind by climbing mountains, or more regularly by enjoying an IPA or scotch, and really loves the strange connection between politics, energy, finance, and environment in the energy world.

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