India’s teco solar power plant is set to be shut down on Wednesday after a power crisis led to a major power outage that forced authorities to cancel more than 2.5 million power-hungry customers.
The Teco power station is one of several that were shut down in India this week due to power shortages.
The power cut is due to the installation of a new generator.
Teco Power Station is the largest in the world and the largest single-generation solar plant in India.
It is owned by Reliance Jio Infocomm Limited and the state-run Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited, which is responsible for managing the project.
The power crisis was sparked when a transmission line at the plant in Agra state was damaged in a power surge on Wednesday, triggering an emergency, the Indian Energy Regulatory Commission said in a statement on Thursday.
Power ministry spokesman Rakesh Kumar said the power grid was already “under heavy stress” due to rising demand from the grid and a surge at the Teco plant.
Power cut to Teco is a major blow to India’s solar industry.
In 2016, India generated about 18% of its electricity from solar.
India is expected to add more than 3 gigawatts of solar capacity by 2022, up from about 1 gigawatt by 2020, according to the International Energy Agency (IEA).