India maps out ‘ultra mega’ solar power project

India has moved a step closer to building the world’s largest solar project, after the government signed a deal with six companies planning to develop the scheme. The 4GW project, described by the government as an “ultra mega” solar power project, is reportedly expected to cost US$4.4bn. It will be installed in two phases in Rajasthan near Jaipur, close to Sambhar Lake, and is expected to create capacity comparable to four nuclear reactors. The project is expected to be built over seven years, with the first phase delivering 1GW of capacity and the second 3GW.