Tata Power to set up 41 MW solar plant for 4.3 GW PV cell, module fab

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Tata Power Renewable Energy Ltd (TPREL), a subsidiary of The Tata Power Co. Ltd, will set up a 41 MW solar plant at Thoothukudi, Tamil Nadu, for consumption by TP Solar’s new greenfield 4.3 GW PV cell and module manufacturing facility located at Tirunelveli, Tamil Nadu.

TP Solar Ltd is a subsidiary of Tata Power Renewable Energy Ltd.

The captive plant will help generate 101 million units of electricity and offset around 72,000 metric tonnes of CO2 emissions annually. It is set for commissioning within 12 months from the signing of the project development agreement (PDA).

TPREL has established TP Govardhan Creatives Ltd, a specialized entity entrusted with the development, operation, and upkeep of this facility for TP Solar Ltd.

TP Solar’s manufacturing plant is expected to start commercial production of cells and modules by FY 2024-25.

Ashish Khanna, CEO of TPREL, said, “Green energy supply to our state-of-the-art 4.3 GW solar cell and module manufacturing facility from the captive solar plant is a shining example of our commitment to a sustainable transition to green energy. This arrangement will act as a model for all the upcoming solar component manufacturing facilities to source green energy for their production and the resulting domino effect will significantly contribute towards the country’s ambitious target of achieving 500 GW of non-fossil fuel-based energy capacity by the end of this decade.”

With this new captive solar plant, TPREL’s total capacity will expand to 7,877 MW, including 3,720 MW of projects under different stages of implementation, and an operational capacity of 4,157 MW, comprising 3,154 MW solar energy and 1,003 MW wind energy.

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