Automotive manufacturer and fellow Tata Group company in India, Tata Motors has signed a solar PPA with Tata Power for a 6.2 MW solar carport with a view to lower its carbon emissions. (Photo Credit: Tata Motors)
- Tata Motors has signed a PPA with Tata Power to build what they term as the largest carport in India with solar panels installed
- It will be developed with Tata Power equipping it with 6.2 MW solar PV capacity to be grid connected
- The project in Chikhali, Pune is likely to generate 9.6 million units annually
Indian power utility Tata Power says it will build a solarized carport with 6.2 MW capacity calling it the largest carport in India. It has secured a power purchase agreement (PPA) for the same with Tata Motors, an automotive manufacturing company under Tata Group to which Tata Power also belongs.
The 6.2 MW project will be constructed at Tata Motors’ car manufacturing plant in Chikhali of Pune district in Maharashtra. Around 9.6 million units annually generated by the solar panels that will be connected to the grid is aimed at helping Tata Motors lower 0.16 million tons of its carbon emissions over its lifetime.
Tata Power hails solar carports as an excellent example of efficient use of space for solar installations and their potential to be a source of growth for rooftop solar in the future. In 2017, it commissioned a 2.67 MW solar carport at Kerala’s Cochin International Airport that holds the distinction of being the world’s 1st solar powered airport (see Cochin Airport Gets 2.67 MW Solar Carport).
As part of the Tata Group’s One Tata Initiative that aims at increasing collaboration between its entities, last month, Tata Power announced a PPA with another Tata Group entity, Indian Hotels Company Limited (IHCL) to supply solar power to 3 of its luxury properties in Mumbai (see Indian Hotel Chain Signs Corporate Solar PPA).