The Tata group flagships namely Tata Steel and Tata Power have joined hands to develop a grid-connected solar project in Jharkhand and Odisha.
The solar power plant is of 41 MW capacity and a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) had been signed for a 25-year duration. The interesting part about this project is that it will be a hybrid of the rooftop, floating and ground-mounted solar panels.
This project is developed for Tata Steel at Jamshedpur and Kalinganagar of capacities 21.97MWp and 19.22MWp respectively.
At Jamshedpur the total power generated is divided as follows: 7.57MWp with rooftop, 10.80MWp with floating and 3.6MWp with ground-mounted plants. Whereas in Kalinganagar 9.12 MWp will be generated through the rooftop and 10.10 MWp through floating panels.
The Grid-Connected Solar Projects will benefit from saving 45210 tonnes of CO2 per year and in its 25 year lifetime 1057021 tonnes CO2. For the very first year, the energy generation will be 60280095 kWh.
In March 2021, the two companies had announced to develop a 15MW solar project at Jamshedpur. Grid-Connected Solar Projects would generate an average of 32 MUs of energy per year.
It will help in offsetting approximately an average of 25.8 million Kg of CO2 annually. Earlier in 2017, Tata Power Solar had commissioned a 3MW Solar PV Power Plant in Tata Steel’s Iron Ore Mine at Noamundi. This was the first solar power plant of its kind at any iron ore mine in the country.
Reference: Tata Steel Press Release