Pursuant to the company’s objective of building a robust renewable energy portfolio that is 20-25 per cent of its total generation capacity, India’s largest integrated private power utility Tata Power yesterday said that it had commenced the commercial operation of its 3-MW, photovoltaic-based, grid-connected solar power plant at Mulshi, Maharashtra.
According to the company, this is the first and largest solar PV power plant in Maharashtra and one of the largest in the country and is spread over 12 acres.
The technology for this project has been supplied by the Tata Group’s renewable power arm, Tata BP Solar.
The project is Tata Power’s and Tata BP Solar’s novel experience in building, operating, and maintaining a megawatt-scale grid-connected solar power plant in India. Given the modular nature of the system, the project was executed in nine months.
Tata Power had set up its first solar power plant of 100 kW way back in 1996 at Walwan in Lonavla, where the company has a hydro power facility.
According to Anil Sardana, managing director, Tata Power, the commissioning of the grid-connected 3-MW solar power plant in Mulshi reinforced the company’s sustainability agenda and commitment of setting up generation capabilities through renewable sources.
“Maharashtra Electricity Regulatory Commission (MERC) is one of the regulators to have adopted renewable power obligations and our customers in Mumbai would be getting green power through solar energy,” Sardana said.
The energy produced from the 3-MW solar plant in Mulshi will be purchased by Tata Power in Mumbai to meet the renewable power obligations as per MERC guidelines.
The company has an aggressive plan of generating 25,000 MW by 2017 and intends to have a 20-25 per cent contribution from “clean power sources”, which will include a mix of hydro, solar, wind, geothermal and waste gas power generation.
Apart from the 3-MW solar plant at Mulshi, the company is implementing a solar power project of 25 MW in Mithapur, Gujarat, for which it has already signed the power purchase agreement with Gujarat Urja Vikas Nigam, under the Gujarat state’s Solar Power Policy 2009. The Gujarat solar project is targeting COD in December 2011.
Another Tata Power subsidiary, North Delhi Power, has also commissioned a 1-MW grid-connected rooftop solar plant in Delhi.