Tata Power, India’s largest integrated power utility, today announced the successful registration of its 50.4MW wind power project at Samana, Gujarat, under the CDM programme of UNFCCC.
The 50.4MW wind plant at Samana was commissioned in May 2009 and uses 63 wind turbine generators of 800KW capacity each to harness wind energy for power generation. The Samana plant helps in reducing the carbon dioxide equivalent of 96,821 tons (annual average) by producing clean energy equivalent to 104,970MWh per year (average).
The Samana wind plant is Tata Power’s third CDM-registered project, along with the 50.4MW wind project at Khandke, Maharashtra, and 25MW solar project at Mithapur, Gujarat, registered in June 2010 and January 2013 respectively. Tata Power also has another wind project in advanced stages of CDM registration with UNFCCC. Samana is expected to generate 76,000 CERs per annum.
Tata Power, as part of its sustainability initiative, is committed to reducing its carbon footprint. One of the ways towards reaching this goal is addition of “clean and renewable energy” generation capacity.
Tata Power currently has 376MW of operating wind power generation capacity and 28MW of operating solar power generation capacity, making it one of the largest wind and solar power generators in India. Its subsidiary Tata Power Delhi Distribution has also commissioned a 1MW grid-connected rooftop solar plant in Delhi. A 60.48KWP solar power plant has also been functional on top of one of the office buildings at Carnac Bunder, Mumbai. The company proposes to add 150-200MW of wind and 50MW of solar power capacity every year.
CDM is an instrument established under the Kyoto Protocol to achieve both sustainable development and contribute to the cost-effective mitigation of climate change. It allows countries with emission reduction commitments to meet part of their reduction abroad, where green house gas abatement costs can be lower. The mechanism will also enable developing countries to attract investments in clean energy technology and assist them on a sustainable development path.
Speaking on the occasion, Anil Sardana, managing director, Tata Power, said, “We have always established that clean and renewable energy is the need of the hour and Tata Power will continue its efforts towards this. It gives us great pride that our third project, the 50.4MW wind plant at Samana has been registered under the Clean Development Mechanism programme of United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.”