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Firms flock to solar power in Tamil Nadu

According to reports, the benefits arising out of solar plants, both on the environment front and as dependable power, are gradually catching up with big industries going for solar power plants.

With the State facing a huge power deficit, many commercial establishments are installing solar power plants in the city. Grundfos Pumps India Private Limited, a platinum-rated green building, has added another feather to its cap, by going for a rooftop solar power plant at its headquarters in Thoraipakkam.

The pump manufacturing company has installed a 51.84 kilowatt (kW) rooftop solar plant containing 216 solar panels. The off-grid plant would generate 78,000 kilo watt per hour of electricity thereby saving Rs. 13 lakh per annum.

N.K. Ranganath, Managing Director, Grundfos India, said the sustainable plant would reduce diesel consumption of 25,000 litres annually, contributing to a reduction of 70 tons of carbon emission per year.

Tata Power Solar is executing big solar power plants of one mega watt (MW) capacity and above in the State. The solar company is executing a one MW solar plant in Space Textiles Private Limited and Naachas Wind Energy Private Limited. Already, the company had established a two MW solar plant for Chennai Silks in Tirupur district. Tata Power Solar has installed solar power plants having a total capacity of 14 MW in the State, company officials said.

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