Ten months ago, Gujarat Chief Minister Narenda Modi boasted that within five years his state would be the world’s solar capital. At the time the claim seemed fanciful, but on October 13, Gujarat took its first step towards achieving this goal by installing a 30MW PV system in Gunthawada. With over 236,000 thin-film panels, the project, installed by Moser Baer, is the largest system on the subcontinent and cost US$95 million. Spread across 305 acres of land, the plant will pump 52 million kWh of electricity back into the state grid every year, helping not only fulfill local energy requirements but also positively impacting afforestation, energy conservation and employment across the Kathiawar peninsula. Modules for the record-breaking site were supplied by First Solar, DuPont and Moser Baer, with the array connected to sub-stations at Anganwada and Dunawada via two separate 66kV lines.