Pune: Tata Power, India’s largest integrated power Company, has consistently been working towards having a 20-25% contribution of clean and green energy to its overall generation portfolio. Today, Tata Power has a total installed capacity of 8750 MW, of which clean and green energy constitutes of 1383 MW. Tata Power’s clean and green energy portfolio comprises of 576 MW of Hydro, 56 MW of Solar, 511 MW of Wind and 240 MW of waste gas based generation.
Tata Power’s clean and green energy portfolio includes:
• Hydro Energy Projects
The Company has an installed hydro capacity of 576 MW, and has plants spread across Maharashtra, including Bhira, Khopoli and Bhivpuri. The Company has also recently commissioned its Dagachhu Project in Bhutan. Tata Power and Clean Energy Invest AS Norway (Clean Energy) and IFC InfraVentures (IFC) completed the financial closure of the 187 MW Adjaristsqali hydro project in Georgia. The project, being financed by IFC, ABD and EBRD, is the largest-ever private hydropower investment in Georgia amounting to $400 million through project financing.
Furthermore, the Company has further plans to increase its hydro energy generation through various projects which includes its partnership with Norway-based SN Power to develop hydro power projects in India and Nepal. The consortium has also bagged the 240 MW Dugar Hydro Electric Project in Chenab Valley in Himachal Pradesh, India.
• Wind Energy Projects
Tata Power has an installed capacity of 511 MW in Wind Energy, and has plants spread across five states- Maharashtra, Gujarat, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Rajasthan, which are the leading states in promoting wind power generation in India. The Company, has recently commissioned its 24 MW wind farm at Rojmal in Gujarat through its subsidiary, Tata Power Renewable Energy Limited (TPREL).
The Company has further plans to increase wind energy generation in South Africa through Cennergi Pvt, a Joint Venture (JV) between Tata Power and Exxaro Resources, a South Africa-based diversified resources company. Based in South Africa, Cennergi is focused in investigation of electricity generation projects in South Africa, Botswana and Namibia. The initial project pipeline focuses on renewable energy projects in South Africa, and Cennergi’s strategy is to create a balanced portfolio of generation assets. Department of Energy, Government of South Africa, announced Cennergi (the Company’s South African Joint Venture with Exxaro) as the preferred bidder for two wind projects of 234 MW – Amakhala 139 MW and Tsitsikamma 95 MW projects.
• Solar Energy Projects
Tata Power has a strong portfolio of 56 MW of solar generation capacity. The Company has commissioned its solar power project of 29 MW solar power project in Pallaswadi, Maharashtra in May 2014 and a 25 MW in Mithapur, Gujarat in January 2012. It has also executed a 3 MW solar photo-voltaic plant at Mulshi, one of the largest grid-connected solar projects in the State of Maharashtra. The Company had set up its first solar power plant of 110 kW in 1996 at Walwhan in Lonavla. A 60.48 kWp solar power plant has been installed on the rooftop of one of the Company’s offices in Mumbai. The power generated by these solar panels is expected to take the lighting load of the entire building.
• Waste Gas Generation
Tata Power has an installed waste-gas generation capacity of 240 MW through its plants at Haldia and in Jamshedpur. The plant is based on the blast furnace and coke oven gases, waste gases from steel making process which help in reducing greenhouse gas emission significantly. The Company is also looking at other similar projects with Tata Steel.
• Geothermal Power
A consortium led by Tata Power along with Origin Energy Ltd., Australia, and PT Supraco, Indonesia, won the Sorik Marapi geothermal project in Northern Sumatra, Indonesia. The Sorik Marapi project is estimated to support the development of approximately 240 MW of geothermal generation capacity and is currently under development.
Speaking on the development, Mr. Anil Sardana, CEO and Managing Director, Tata Power, said, “We have strived to be a responsible power company by expanding our clean and green portfolio, and have implemented eco-friendly technology to generate sustainable power. By introducing innovative initiatives and responsible business practices we aim to have minimal impact on the environment and continuously reduce our carbon footprint to deliver sustainable energy. The Company has endeavored to lead the reform process for sustainable power and is committed to safeguarding the environment for future generations. We are constantly scouting for newer clean and green energy projects which are in line with our core business value of sustainable growth, and will further enhance and increase our clean energy footprint.”
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