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Photos: 1, 2, The Solar Park at Pavagada, Karnataka
3. The state encourages  farmers to generate their own solar  power to run  irrigation pumps, under the Surya Raitha (solar farming) programme
4, Chief Minister Siddaramiah and Power Minister  DK Shivakumar at the solar park on March 1 2018

March 4 2018: The  nodal agency Karnataka Renewable Energy Development Agency (KREDL) is taking care of its Solar Power Policy and initiative towards developing Solar Parks in the state. Hence Karnataka Solar Power Development Corporation Limited(KSPDCL) was formed as a joint venture between SECI & KREDL in March-2015 and it has taken the initiative in the Tumkur district to develop the first Solar Park of the state of the cumulative capacity of 2000 MW. For this KSPDCL selected the land in Nagalamadike Hobli, Pavagada Taluk, Tumkur Dist, Karnataka State to establish 2000MW Solar Park.
The 2000 MW Solar Power  is being developed in eight blocks of 250 MW capacity. For each 250 MW Solar Power capacity block, one pooling substation of 220 kV is proposed. 250 MW block is further subdivided into 50 MW sub blocks. Thus, these 5 X 50 MW sub blocks  will l be connected to pooling substation through 33kV or 66kV underground cables. The voltage will again be stepped up to 220kV at the Solar Project Pooling Station and again stepped up to 400kV at the proposed 400kV Grid Substation by POWERGRID at Solar park. 
Karnataka Solar Power Development Corporation Limited will establish 8 220kV pooling stations at Pavagada site to evacuate 2000MW solar power generated at the Park. The 400kV Grid substation at the Solar Project is proposed to be connected to POWERGRID’s 765KV Station at Madhugiri.
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  • Solar PV plants by SPDs: Rs. 12,000 Crores
  • KSPDCL Infrastructure works (substation, Roads, Drainage etc.,): Rs. 825 crores
  • 400/220kV station of POWERGRID: Rs. 1,600 Crores
  • Total: Rs. 14,425 crores
  • 600MW solar generation has been commissioned during Dec 2017. Along with 600MW solar power, thermal power to an extent of 300MW has been allocated to Distribution Companies of Karnataka for bundling. The Distribution Companies of Karnataka are getting 900MW power at a bundled tariff of Rs. 3.30/unit for a period of 25 years.
  • Balance capacity of 1400MW will be available to grid by Dec 2018.