Tata Strongly Expands PV Production Capacity

Tata Power Solar’s More Than Doubles Manufacturing Capacity For Cells To 300 MW, While Module Capacity Reaches 400 MW
04:58 AM (Beijing Time) - 16. March 2017
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One of the prominent solar cell and module makers of India, Tata Power Solar has carried out a manufacturing capacity expansion as the country’s solar market booms and in response to the national government call to ‘Make in India.’

Key Takeaways

  • Tata Power Solar announces capacity expansion at its solar manufacturing facility in Bengaluru
  • Cell manufacturing capacity increased to 300 MW, and module production capacity is now 400 MW
  • The Indian company has fully automated and modernized its entire manufacturing facility
  • In less than three years, this is the second time Tata Power Solar has expanded its capacity

Indian solar module manufacturer Tata Power Solar has scaled up its existing cell and module manufacturing facility at Bengaluru. Now, the company’s cell manufacturing capacity is 300 MW, a 65% increase from 180 MW earlier. As for module capacity, it is now at 400 MW, twice as much as the 200 MW previously.

The wholly owned subsidiary of Tata Power has also modernized and fully automated its entire manufacturing facility. It is the second time in less than three years that the Indian company has carried our an expansion of its manufacturing capacity.

“The gradual turnaround of the company and its expansion in capacity has been a hall mark achievement of Team Tata Power, when other sector players are still facing challenges of sustained economics,”said Anil Sardana, Chairman of Tata Power Solar.

The management pointed out that the company was able to ramp-up to full capacity in record time, significantly better than global benchmarks.

Tata Power Solar has shipped 1 GW capacity of modules to over 30 countries, with more than 60% going out in the last five years. In 2016, it commissioned a 100 MW solar power project in Andhra Pradesh, also known as the country’s largest solar project commissioned in the domestic content requirement (DCR) category (see Tata Commissions Record PV Plant).

India wants to have indigenous solar cell and module manufacturing capacity of 4 to 5 GW by 2020. As of December 31, 2016, the country had an operational cell capacity of 1,448 MW though installed capacity was close to 3 GW. As for module, the operational capacity was 5,286 MW, installed capacity was 8,113 MW. But according to Mercom Capital Group, the true ‘working’ module manufacturing capacity was around 3 GW at the end of 2016 as some manufacturers still were counting their ‘old and obsolete manufacturing lines’ as operating capacity.

Anu Bhambhani

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