Tata BP Solar to increase manufacturing capacity

Posted by on Jul 28, 2010 | Leave a Comment

To produce photovoltaic cells by 62 percent more, Tata BP Solar, joint venture between Tata Group and BP Solar in the ratio of 51: 49, has announced to add a new production line of 32 MW at its plant in Bangalore. Now, the total cell manufacturing capacity of the company is 84 Mw including the additional plant with a module capacity of 125 Mw.

Tata BP Solar to increase manufacturing capacity

During 2008, the company had initiated this expansion through a $100 million investment. To create electricity from sunlight, the company produces low-cost crystalline silicon cells and solar modules used. Tata BP solar cells and modules are integrated into solar products like home lighting systems, street lights and telecommunication towers, or connected to the electricity grid to export the power generated directly from solar plants on rooftops or in the open fields.

Tata BP Solar chief executive officer K.Subramanya said that the company was ready ‘with the additional cells capacity to service the new market opening up in India in the context of the Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission (JNSMM)’. The JNNSM has a target of generating 20,000 MW of solar power by 2022. BP Solar CEO Reyad Fezzani, speaking on the occasion, said, “Tata BP Solar has had profitable growth over the last 20 years. Global demand for solar is expected to grow over 80 per cent in 2010, and in India it is likely to grow five-fold to 150 Mw.In the longer term, the Indian market is poised to become a world-scale market by 2022 stimulated by the supportive policies announced by the Government of India.”

Tata Power MD, Mr. Menon said: “In view of the huge demand supply gap in the power sector in India, large scale use of solar energy is imperative, especially given the abundant sunshine available all over the country throughout the year. The key to growing the mass market is cost reduction which will not happen without achieving large-scale supply. Tata BP Solar is building some of India’s largest solar plants. Today’s development is a strong step in assuring supply to meet new opportunities coming up in India.

Tata BP Solar CEO, Mr. Subramanya said: “After more than two decades of growing the Indian market in the off-grid mode, Tata BP Solar is ready with the additional cells capacity to service the new market opening up in India in the context of the Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission.” The mission has set a target of generating 20,000 MW of solar power by 2022 and another 2,000 MW of off-grid solar installations. He added: “We are committed to contribute to the success of India’s solar mission by our quality products and solutions including our market leading guarantee of 85% power output from our solar panels even at the end of 25 years.”

Solar PV technology surpasses solar thermal technology in terms of installed capacity, it said. The company said that it has of its own accord set itself targets for increasing the power it generates through renewable sources. The statement said, “The company strategy emphasizes the development of clean energy generation from renewable sources to balance the carbon intensity from major coal-based capacity and to contribute towards energy security of the country.”

Tata Power Executive Director (Strategy and Development), Banmali Agrawala said, “We are very happy to announce that our 3 Mw solar power is progressing well and will be commissioned later this year“. Tata Power, India’s largest private sector power utility, today said that it would commission its 3 Mw solar photovoltaic (PV) power plant in Maharashtra by the end of this year. Tata Power also plans to install solar capacity in Gujarat to meet its target of having 20-25 per cent of total capacity from “zero-carbon power” by 2017, a company statement said here today.

In the wake of the announcement of the National Solar Mission by the Government of India and policy incentives therein, Tata Power’s ambition for solar power generation has been bolstered to 300 Mw by 2013. The company had set up its first solar power plant of 100 kW in 1996 at Walwan in Lonavla, it said.

In India, the project will be Tata Power’s and Tata BP Solar’s first experience with building, operating, and maintaining a megawatt-scale grid-connected solar power plant. Given the modular nature of the system, the execution period for this project is relatively short, it said. There are two types of solar power generation technologies–solar PV and solar thermal technologies. In the former, solar power is directly converted into electricity, the statement said.

Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (Ficci) in a statement stated, that it Solar Energy Task Force chaired by Mr. K Subramanya, CEO of Tata BP Solar, and co-chaired by Mr. Vivek Chaturvedi, Senior VP, Moser Baer Photovoltaics feel, the new guidelines will help strengthen the twin pillars of manufacturing and technology towards building a new sunshine industry within the country.

Union Ministry of New and Renewable Energy Farooq Abdullah was categorical, “There is no question of relaxing norms beyond one year. We want to make India major hub for manufacturing of solar power equipments.” Deepak Puri, Chairman and Managing Director, Moser Baer India Ltd said, “The inclusion of apt stringent clauses in the guidelines which will promote serious participation from all players”.

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