July 22, 2013

Tata Power to develop 28.8MW solar power project in Maharashtra

Tata Power, India’s largest integrated power utility, through its wholly owned subsidiary, Tata Power Renewable Energy is developing one of its largest photovoltaic based solar power plants with an installed capacity of 28.8MW in the Satara district in Maharashtra.

The plant will be spread over 130 acres of land and located in the Satara district of Maharashtra. The latest state-of-the-art technology in photovoltaic based solar generation will be utilised for the plant. Tata Power – Distribution, the distribution arm of Tata Power, has signed a Power Purchase Agreement for a term of twenty-five years in order to purchase power from this solar plant, thereby meeting its solar renewable purchase obligations.

The power generated will be evacuated through Maharashtra State Electricity Transmission's network. The company has the major purchase orders for EPC in place and intends to commission the entire project capacity by December 2013.

Speaking on the initiative, Anil Sardana, managing director, Tata Power, said, “Tata Power is committed to generating 20-25 percent of its total generation capacity from clean energy sources and is proud to be developing one of the largest solar projects in the country. Tata Power strives to reduce its carbon footprint. We would like to thank the Government of Maharashtra and all our stakeholders for the support extended for setting up this solar power project at Palaswadi.”

The company’s strategy emphasises the development of clean energy generation from renewable sources to balance the carbon emissions from fossil fuel based generation capacity while contributing towards energy security of the country. Tata Power currently has four of its renewable projects registered under the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) programme by United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. These projects include the 50.4MW Gadag project, the 50.4MW wind project at Khandke, and the 50.4MW wind project at Samana in Maharashtra. The fourth project is the 25MW solar project at Mithapur, Gujarat.

Tata Power group presently has a strong portfolio of 30+ MW of solar power making it one of the largest solar power generators in India. The company commissioned 25MW solar photovoltaic power project at Mithapur, Gujarat and 3MW at Mulshi, Maharashtra. Its subsidiary Tata Power Delhi Distribution has also commissioned a 1MW grid-connected rooftop solar plant in Delhi. A 60.48KWP solar power plant has been functional on top of one of the building at its office in Carnac Bunder, Mumbai. The company proposes to add 50 MW of solar power capacity every year.