Tata Power commissions 3 MW solar power plant in Maharashtra

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This is the first and largest solar photovoltaic (PV) power plant in the State of Maharashtra and one of the largest in the country.

  • Commissions largest Grid Connected solar plant in Mulshi, Maharashtra
  • Power to be purchased Tata Power-Distribution to meet its RPO obligations
  • Project to play a pivotal role in the expansion of Company’s renewable portfolio

Pursuant to the Company’s objective of building a robust renewable energy portfolio that is 20-25% of its total generation capacity, Tata Power, India’s largest integrated private power utility, announced the Commercial Operation (COD) of its 3 MW, Photo Voltaic (PV) based, grid connected solar power plant at Mulshi, Maharashtra. The plant achieved COD in March 2011.

This is the first and largest solar photovoltaic (PV) power plant in the State of Maharashtra and one of the largest in the country. The plant is spread over 12 acres of land and is situated near Pune. The Company had set up its first solar power plant of 100 kW way back in 1996 at Walwhan in Lonavla.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Anil Sardana, Managing Director, Tata Power, said, “The commissioning of the grid connected 3 MW Solar power plant in Mulshi marks a significant milestone for Tata Power and we are delighted with this achievement. This addition reinforces the Company’s sustainability agenda and the commitment of setting up generation capabilities through renewable sources. MERC is one of the regulators to have adopted Renewable Power Obligations (RPO) and our customers in Mumbai would be getting Green Power through solar energy.”

The energy produced from the 3 MW Solar plant in Mulshi will be purchased by Tata Power- Distribution in Mumbai to meet the RPO as per MERC guidelines.

Tata BP Solar is the technology provider for the project. The project is Tata Power’s and Tata BP Solar’s novel experience in building, operating, and maintaining a megawatt-scale grid-connected solar power plant in India. Given the modular nature of the system, the project was executed in 9 months.

The Company has an aggressive plan of generating 25000 MW by 2017 and intends to have a 20-25% contribution from “clean power sources” which will include a mix of Hydro, Solar, Wind, Geothermal and Waste Gas generation.

Apart from the 3 MW solar plant at Mulshi, the Company, through its subsidiary, is implementing a solar power project of 25 MW in Mithapur, Gujarat for which it has already signed the Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with Gujarat Urja Vikas Nigam Ltd. (GUVNL), under the Gujarat State’s Solar Power Policy 2009. The Gujarat solar project is targeting Commercial Operation in December 2011. Tata Power’s subsidiary, NDPL has also commissioned a 1 MW grid connected roof top solar plant in Delhi.

About Solar Power Generation:
Solar power generation technologies can be broadly divided into solar PV and solar thermal technologies. In the former class of technologies, the method of conversion to power is direct; solar energy hitting the surface of PV material to generate power. In systems using solar thermal technologies, solar energy is utilized to heat up a medium, which, in turn, runs an engine to generate power. Solar PV technology surpasses solar thermal technology in terms of installed capacity.

About Tata Power:
Tata Power is India’s largest private sector power utility with an installed generation capacity of about 3120 MW and a presence in all the segments of the power sector viz Generation (thermal, hydro, solar and wind), Transmission, Distribution and Trading. The Company has successful public-private partnerships in Generation, Transmission and Distribution – “North Delhi Power Limited” with Delhi Vidyut Board for distribution in North Delhi, ‘Powerlinks Transmission Ltd.’ with Power Grid Corporation of India Ltd. for evacuation of Power from Tala hydro plant in Bhutan to Delhi and ‘Maithon Power Ltd.’ with Damodar Valley Corporation for a 1050 MW Mega Power Project at Jharkhand. It has acquired 30% stake in Coal Companies at Indonesia and is developing the first 4000 MW Ultra Mega Power Project at Mundra (Gujarat) based on super-critical technology. With its track record of technology leadership, customer care and redefining contours of the Indian power sector, Tata Power is poised for a five-fold growth and committed to ‘lighting up lives’ for generations to come.

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