Tata Power, India’s largest integrated power utility, as part of its sustainability initiative, is committed to generating 20-25 percent of its total generation capacity from clean energy sources. In line with its philosophy, Tata Power plans to add 30-50MW of solar power and 150-200MW of wind energy in India every year.
Tata Power’s total investment in solar and wind energy so far is Rs2,393 crore.
The total generation from solar has touched 49.83MUs and from wind projects has touched 796MUs till March 31, 2013. Tata Power’s generation through clean sources in India such as hydro, wind and solar today stands at 873MW.
The company is one of the leading solar power companies with a total operational capacity of more than 28MW. This includes a 25MW Mithapur project, Gujarat; 3MW at Mulshi, Maharashtra; and some rooftop solar installations.
Tata Power’s Mithapur project is one of the largest of its kind in the country and has been developed through its 100 percent subsidiary, Tata Power Renewable Energy, that has signed a power purchase agreement with Gujarat Urja Vikas Nigam. The Mithapur solar power plant uses the modular, proven, and widely deployed crystalline silicon photo-voltaic technology to maximise power generation. The project helps in reducing an annual average of 37,696 tonnes of carbon dioxide, by producing 39,597MWh per year (average) equivalent amount of clean energy. The company is also developing a 28.8MW solar plant near Satara in Maharashtra.
The company is also one of the largest wind energy generators in the country, with an installed capacity of 397MW spread across five states – Maharashtra, Gujarat, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Rajasthan. The company has recently commissioned a 21MW wind project in Rajasthan.
It has three of its renewable energy projects registered under the Clean Development Mechanism programme of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). These projects include a 50.4MW wind power project at Samana, a 50.4MW wind project at Khandke, Maharashtra, and a 25MW solar project at Mithapur, Gujarat. Another wind farm project is at an advanced stage of approval with UNFCCC.
Speaking on Tata Power’s commitment to clean and green energy, Anil Sardana, managing director, Tata Power, said, “Our solar and wind energy assets are performing well and we are committed to reducing our carbon footprint through clean and renewable energy generation. Our aim is to have 20-25 percent of our generation portfolio from clean energy.”
In the international space, the company’s renewable energy projects under development are a 240MW geothermal project in Indonesia being developed with consortium partners Origin Energy, Australia and PT Supraco, Indonesia; and a South African joint venture with Exxaro called Cennergi which has been shortlisted as a preferred bidder for two wind projects of 234MW – 139MW at Amakhala and 95MW at Tsitsikamma.