Tata Power to set up India’s largest solar carport for Tata Motors

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Integrated power utility Tata Power has announced the signing of a power purchase agreement (PPA) with Tata Motors to commission India’s largest ‘carport style’ solar plant. With 6.2 MWp capacity, the project at Tata Motors’ Chikhali plant in Maharashtra is expected to offset 1.6 lakh tonnes of carbon emission in its lifetime. 

The plant will use 12,896 monocrystalline solar panels rated 485 Wp each and cover an area of 40,000 sq.m

The grid-connected carport plant requires high-level engineering and customized designing to assemble the massive carport structures. Advanced technology and intricate planning are Tata Power’s strength, which will help them execute the project, Tata Power said in a press statement.

Solar carports are excellent examples of ‘efficient use of space’ for solar installations and are expected to be a potential source of growth in the rooftop solar sector. These provide affordable electricity to meet the plant operations while providing shade for cars parked underneath.

Earlier this year, carmaker Maruti Suzuki announced commissioning of a 5 MW ‘carport style’ solar power plant at its Gurugram facility in the state of Haryana.

The captive solar plant—set up with an investment of more than Rs 200 million—covers an area of 32,985 square metres.

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