Tata Power Solar Expands Solar Cell & Module Capacity

India’s Tata Power Solar Expands Solar Cell & Module Manufacturing Capacity To 1.1 GW; Lines Compatible With Large Wafer Sizes
11:17 PM (Beijing Time) - 07. April 2021
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Tata Power Solar has expanded its total solar cell and module capacity at its Bengaluru facility to 530 MW and 580 MW respectively, riding on market demand and supportive federal policy environment. (Photo Credit: Tata Power Solar Systems Ltd.)

Key Takeaways

  • Tata Power Solar said it has expanded its annual solar cell and module production capacity to 1.1 GW
  • Of the total 1.1 GW, the annual production capacity now includes 530 MW of solar cells with mono PERC technology, and 580 MW of modules with mono PERC half cut technology
  • It said the lines are capable of handling 166mm to 210mm wafers and also have option for bifacial modules

Tata Power Solar, an Indian solar PV manufacturer and a subsidiary of Tata Power,  has expanded its annual production capacity to a total of 1.1 GW. The expansion is both for solar cells and modules. The last time it expanded its capacity was in March 2017 (see Tata Strongly Expands PV Production Capacity).

According to the details provided by Tata Power Solar, it has expanded production capacity of solar cells from 300 MW to 530 MW with mono PERC technology, and that of modules from 400 MW to 580 MW with mono PERC half cut technology.

Solar modules produced will have a power output of 440W to 530W with option for bifacial modules. The lines at its state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Bengaluru, it added, are capable of handling 166mm to 210mm wafers.

Management said the expansion is in line with market demand for its solar modules, and ‘expected increase in demand due to supportive policy steps recently announced by the Indian government for manufacturing under its call for Atmanirbhar Bharat or self-reliant India.

In February 2021, the Indian Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) said the country will aim for 10 GW vertically integrated solar PV manufacturing capacity, from wafer-ingot to high efficiency modules over next 2 years (see India Plans Integrated PV Manufacturing Of 10 GW). The announcement was followed by the ministry imposing Basic Customs Duty (BCD) on solar cells imported into India, giving further impetus to domestic module manufacturers (see India Imposes Basic Customs Duty On Cells & Modules).

Another local PV manufacturer Premier Energies in February 2021 said it will add 1.5 GW solar cell and module production capacity with large size wafers of 182mm and 210mm at its new plant in Telangana (see Indian Manufacturer Expanding Capacity By 1.5 GW).

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