Distributed solar firm Fourth Partner Energy has bagged a 4.8 MW rooftop solar project for railway coach manufacturer Titagarh Wagons Limited.
Hyderabad-based Fourth Partner will set up the plant for Titagarh’s three manufacturing facilities in West Bengal: wagon and steel foundries in Titagarh and a passenger coach and propulsion unit at Uttarpara.
The solar arrays will be set up on an operating expenditure model, wherein the systems are owned and installed by third-party investors, and will cover approximately 50,000m2 of roof space.
The solar power generated and sold, under a power purchase agreement, will meet around a quarter of the railway wagon manufacturer’s annual electricity demand. The plants are expected to be commissioned by January.
“At Titagarh, we want to do our part to ensure our production facilities become more environment-friendly. We are excited to onboard Fourth Partner Energy to solarize our heavy engineering division, Titagarh Wagons, and Titagarh Steel facilities across West Bengal,” said Titagarh Wagons VP Prithish Chowdhary. “After successfully implementing this project, we also plan to evaluate adding more solar capacity to these units and others, to increase the percentage of clean energy used in our plants.”
Karan Chadha, head of business development at Fourth Partner Energy, said: “Corporate India plays a pivotal role in [the] energy transition and it is encouraging to see companies like Titagarh lead the change. These three installations will utilize approximately 50,000m2 of otherwise-wasted roof space to drive savings on every unit of electricity for the company. Titagarh will also offset nearly 1.3 lakh tons of carbon over the next two decades.”
India is targeting 100% electrification of its railways within three years, a change which could drive a near doubling of electricity demand by the sector.
“We have also partnered with Indian Railways to solarize Jabalpur, Varanasi [and] Gorakhpur stations, and the Nagpur Metro Rail,” added Fourth Partner’s Chadha.
The installer finances and constructs solar projects for commercial, industrial and institutional clients. With an operational portfolio of 400 MW of distributed and open-access projects, the firm is expanding beyond distributed solar into clean energy solutions including electric vehicle charging infrastructure, storage and floating solar.
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