Tata Motors and Tata Power have joined forces to develop a 7 MWp solar roof project at Tata Motors’ Passenger Vehicle Plant, Chikhali in Pune. This is a reaffirmation of Tata Group’s commitment to sustainable manufacturing. This is the third phase in a 17 MWp joint on-site solar project, which was previously installed by Tata Motors. The Tata Motors PV manufacturing plant, which was installed by Tata Power, now hosts India’s largest on site solar project.
Tata Motors and Tata Power recently signed a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA), for this solar project. The installation will collectively generate 23 million units and reduce 5.23 lakh tonnes carbon dioxide, a significant step in building a sustainable and resilient future. This is equivalent to planting 8.36 million trees in a lifetime.
Mr. Rajesh Khatri (Vice President Operations, Tata Motors Passenger Vehicles Ltd.), commented on the project. He said that Tata Motors had been striving to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in order to reach their Net Zero Emission goal. We are now closer to our goal to achieve 100% renewable energy with a new agreement to install a Roof Top solar panel of 7 MWp at our Pune plant, in partnership with Tata Power. We will be the largest onsite solar installation after commissioning this capacity.
Tata Motors is a signatory of the RE100 and has taken many steps to achieve this goal by increasing its use of renewable energy. In FY22, the company produced 92.39 millions kWh of renewable electricity. This account accounted for nearly 19.4% of total energy usage. To reach its goal to procure 100% renewable energy by 2030, the company plans to acquire renewable energy with greater precision.
Mr. Gurinder Sing Sandhu, Chief, New Business Services, Tata Power, spoke out about the expansion of the project. He said that “India’s largest solar project on-site at Tata Motors Pune plant is a testimony to our common goal of being environmentally friendly in our businesses.” This project strengthens Tata Power’s position in India as one of the top renewable energy players. It also offers significant value to its partners by its technical expertise and project execution capabilities.
Tata Power comes with a successful background in executing multiple large solar rooftop solutions including the one of the world’s largest rooftop (16MW) at a single location at Radhasoami Satsang Beas (RSSB), Amritsar; 2.67MW at Cochin International Airport; one of the world’s largest solar-powered cricket stadium-Cricket Club of India (CCI) with 820.8 kWp capacity; unique installation of the solar vertical farm (120kW) at Dell Technologies at Bangalore and 1.4MW floating solar at Tata Chemicals, Nellore. In addition, Tata Power is carrying out an extensive pan-India residential rooftop program to make people aware of the benefits of savings through solar energy.