November 27, 2017

India's first rooftop solar plant at a carport commercial mall commissioned in Delhi

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Promoting the use of energy-efficient measures and encouraging rooftop solar power generation, Satyendar Kumar Jain, minister of power, Government of NCT Delhi, today, inaugurated India's first rooftop solar plant at a carport commercial mall at Unity One, Rohini, Delhi. The 300kW plant has been jointly executed by Tata Power Delhi Distribution (Tata Power-DDL) and Tata Power Solar.

Satyendar Kumar Jain (third from left), Minister of Power, Government of NCT Delhi; Mohinder Goyal (second from left), MLA, Legislative Assembly of Delhi; Harshvardhan Bansal (fourth from left), director, Unity Group; Sudarshan Kumar Saini (second from right), senior vice president, Tata Power-DDL; Ravinder Singh (extreme right), chief of rooftop solar, Tata Power Solar

The first-of-its-kind plant which is expected to generate 4,20,000 units of green energy annually will empower the complex’s day-to-day operations, meeting 80 percent of its electricity demand, while reducing the carbon footprint of around 438 metric tonnes (MT) every year. The plant will help Unity Mall to save of Rs50 lakh annually on electricity bill and Rs12 crore over the entire plant life. The initiative is in line with climate change agenda for Delhi and the National Solar Mission and is set up as part of National Action Plan on Climate Change (NAPCC).

The event was also graced by Mohinder Goyal, MLA, Legislative Assembly of Delhi; Harshvardhan Bansal, director, Unity Group; Ravinder Singh, chief of rooftop solar, Tata Power Solar; Sudarshan Kumar Saini, senior vice president, Tata Power-DDL, and other senior officials from Tata Power-DDL, Tata Power Solar and Unity Mall, officials from Power Ministry, Government of Delhi, GIZ and other eminent industry personnel.

Tata Power-DDL has been an active promoter of rooftop solar plants and has conducted several workshops to educate its consumers for the same. The company is an empanelled first utility channel partner with the Ministry of New & Renewable Energy, Government of India, and is the first utility in the country to receive the highest honour rating of SP1A (pronounced as Solar Power One A), twice as a system integration grading for solar PV projects in the context. The rating indicates highest performance capability and highest financial strength of Tata Power-DDL to undertake solar PV projects.

The grid-connected, rooftop-based PV power plants supervised by Tata Power-DDL have a life span of 25 years, wherein 1KW of PV power plant will generate up to 1,400 units in a year. Consumers and institutions can also sell the surplus power generated to the Discom, and attain breakeven on investment in five years.

While inaugurating the plant, Mr Jain, minister of power, Government of NCT Delhi, appreciated Tata Power-DDL, Tata Power Solar and Unity Group’s efforts towards adoption of solar power in the national capital and reinforced Delhi Government’s commitment to promote rooftop solar power through favourable policy and support.

Commenting on the inauguration, Praveer Sinha, CEO and MD, Tata Power-DDL, said, “We have been an active participant for the promotion of solar energy in the country. The launch of this carport plant aims to encourage the adoption of solar power among our commercial consumers having large rooftop spaces for installation. We will continue our efforts towards enhancing the use of solar power and contribute towards the National Solar Mission, which aims to establish India as a global leader in solar energy.”

Mr Bansal, director, Unity Group said, “We firmly believe in better utilisation of the resources available to us. This mall has already been recycling the water resource and with the rooftop plant it will help us to meet our major amount of our energy requirements through green energy. We are happy to be associated with Tata Power-DDL and Tata Power Solar in this endeavour.”

Tata Power-DDL has been conferred with several awards, including the National Award for Promotion of Rooftop Solar Programmes. Tata Power-DDL has also been awarded numerous accolades for implementing energy-efficiency improvement projects, including the National Award for Excellence in Energy Management as an innovative energy saving service by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII).