NEW DELHI: Tata Motors and Tata Power on Monday, May 23, announced collaborating on a project to develop a 7 MWp solar rooftop project at Tata Motors’ plant in Chikhali, Pune, making the unit home to India’s largest on-site solar project.
The two companies have recently inked a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) for this solar project. The rooftop installation is collectively expected to generate 23 million units of electricity, mitigating 5.23 lakh tonnes of carbon dioxide. This will be equivalent to planting 8.36 lakh trees over a lifetime.
This is the third phase of a joint 17 MWp on-site solar project developed by the two companies, of which 10 MWp has already been installed, a company statement said.
Rajesh Khatri, VP, Operations, Tata Motors Passenger Vehicles Ltd., said, “Tata Motors has been working towards reducing greenhouse gas emissions to achieve the Net Zero Emission goal. With a fresh agreement to install an additional Roof Top solar plant of 7 MWp in our Pune plant in association with Tata Power, we will move closer to our goal of 100% Renewable Energy. Post commissioning of this capacity, we will become the largest onsite solar installation in India.”
“India’s largest on-site solar project at Tata Motors‘ Pune plant is a testament to our shared goal of being green in our businesses. The project reinforces Tata Power’s position as one of India’s top renewable energy players, offering considerable value to its partners through its project execution capabilities and technical expertise,” said Mr. Gurinder Singh Sandhu, Chief – New Business Services, Tata Power.
Tata Motors generated 92.39 million kWh of renewable electricity in FY22, accounting for almost 19.4% of total power usage. The company plans to focus on sourcing renewable energy to reach its goal of having 100% renewable energy by 2030.
Tata Power has one of the world’s largest rooftop (16MW) at a single location at Radhasoami Satsang Beas (RSSB), Amritsar; 2.67MW at Cochin International Airport; one of the world’s largest solar-powered cricket stadium-Cricket Club of India (CCI) with 820.8 kWp capacity; unique installation of the solar vertical farm (120kW) at Dell Technologies at Bangalore and 1.4MW floating solar at Tata Chemicals, Nellore. In addition, Tata Power is carrying out an extensive pan-India residential rooftop program to make people aware of the benefits of savings through solar energy.