Adani Builds World’s largest Green Energy Park in Gujarat 

A deserted airstrip nestled in the remote borders with Pakistan is on its way to becoming a global renewable energy hub. This unlikely journey unfolds against the backdrop of scorched plains and sparse habitation, where hope meets innovation in India’s renewable energy landscape. 

It all began in December 2022 when Gautam Adani, the driving force behind the Adani group, made history with his landing at this undistinguished airstrip. Located amidst miles of barren land, this spot was named after a distant village situated 80 km away which seemed like an improbable starting point for such a venture. Yet, beneath its basic aspects like a portable toilet and a makeshift office, there lays the potential for abundant renewable energy resources. 

A dusty 18-kilometer trek from the airstrip unveils the vast expanse of the Khavda renewable energy park, sprawling over 538 square km. For context, that is nearly five times the size of Paris. Adani recognised the region’s solar and wind energy potential and subsequent efforts saw the installation of solar panels, wind turbines, and essential amenities like worker colonies and desalination plants. 

Vneet Jaain, Managing Director of Adani Green Energy, outlined ambitious plans for the Khavda park, with a substantial investment of approximately Rs 1.5 lakh crore aimed at generating 30 megawatts of clean electricity. The recent commissioning of a 2,000 MW capacity marks a significant capacity milestone, with plans underway to add an additional 4 GW in the current fiscal year and 5 GW with plans for further expansion in the coming years. 

The airstrip plays a pivotal role in transporting executives to and from the site, relying on visual aids and communication with distant air traffic controllers. Situated just 160 kilometers from the international border, the park is guarded by the Border Security Force. 

Adani Green Energy aims to produce 500 GW of clean electricity by 2030, and their Khavda park is expected to generate 81 billion units of electricity at its peak, enough to power entire nations. The project plans to have 30 GW capacity, with 26 GW from solar and 4 GW from wind power. Over the past five years, they’ve worked on building infrastructure, assessing the environment, and studying feasibility, all with a focus on sustainability and innovation. 

The journey from barren land to renewable energy powerhouse is a testament to human ingenuity and determination in addressing the challenges of climate change and energy transition. As construction progresses, Khavda’s transformation offers a glimmer of hope for a sustainable future.