Tata Power to set up Indian health sector’s largest solar carport


Tata Power has signed an agreement with Apollo Gleneagles Hospital in Kolkata to commission a 335 kWp ‘carport-style’ solar plant to supply power to the hospital.

The developer said the solar carport will be the largest in the Indian health sector and in West Bengal state.

It is estimated the array will generate 426 MWh of electricity for the hospital per year and reduce annual carbon emissions by 80kg.

“The project requires a complex level of engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) expertise and [a] customized plan layout, for which Tata Power has created a high-level engineered design, enabling the team to assemble the structure efficiently,” said a Tata Power statement. “Additionally, state-of-the-art technologies and ingenious planning by Tata Power will help in the smooth project execution.”

India is expected to add 800 MW-1.2 GW of commercial and industrial solar rooftops this year, which would mark an increase of 4-36% on last year’s figures, according to Haryana-based JMK Research & Analytics and the U.S.-based Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis.

Solar carports, which generate power for companies while shielding workforce vehicles from the heat, are expected to be a growth segment in the Indian rooftop market.

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