Grid connected solar projects soon in Jharkhand, Odisha

October 30, 2021

Jamshedpur: Tata Steel and Tata Power have teamed up to develop grid connected solar power projects in Jharkhand and in Odisha. In a statement issued, the Tata Steel said the two companies have signed a power purchase agreement (PPA) of 25 years for setting up a 41MW solar project.

The project will consist of a rooftop, floating and ground mounted solar panels. Once commissioned, the power project will produce 1,40,93,61,488 kWh power during its lifetime of 25 years and will cut down on CO2 emissions by 45,210 tonne annually, the steel major said.

“In the recent past, projects on power generation from solar and non-conventional energy sources have gained momentum across our operating locations. We will continue with our pursuit of clean energy solutions and expand our renewable energy footprint,” T V Narendra, the CEO and managing director of Tata Steel, said.

Tata Power will develop photo-voltaic capacities for Tata Steel’s plants in Jamshedpur (21.97 MWp) and Odisha’s Kalinganagar (19.22 MWp). In March this year, the two companies had announced plans to develop a 15MW solar project for Jamshedpur.

In 2017, Tata Power Solar commissioned a 3MW solar PV power plant in Tata Steel’s iron-ore mine at Noamundi in West Singhbhum district. It was the first solar power plant of its kind in any iron ore mine in the country.

“This blended solar PV project is yet another milestone in our shared vision of a better tomorrow. We look forward to working closely with them (Tata Steel) to cover all their other plants across the country,” Praveer Sinha, the CEO and MD of Tata Power, said.

Tata Power will develop rooftop PV cells of 7.5 MWp, floating PVs of 10.8 MWp and ground mounted PVs of 3.6 MWp for the project. The ground mounted PV will be installed at Sonari airport.

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