India’s Tata Power have set up the solar carport at the Tata Motors car plant in Chikhali, Pune.
The 6.2 MW solar carport deployed by Tata Power will generate 86.4 lakh kWh of electricity per year and is estimated to reduce 7,000 tons of carbon emissions annually and 1.6 lakh tons over its lifecycle.
This carport, spanning over 30,000 square meters, will generate green power and provide covered parking for finished cars in the plant.
Tata Motors, as part of its net zero carbon goal for 2039, signed a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with Tata Power on August 31, 2020. Despite the challenges of COVID-19, both companies managed to develop this carport infrastructure in a record time of 9.5 months.
Shailesh Chandra, President, Passenger Vehicle Business Unit, Tata Motors said: “We have always been conscious of the need to conserve energy and are committed towards achieving 100 percent renewable energy source for all our operations.”
Tata Motors in FY20 company generated 88.71 million kWh of renewable electricity which is over 21 percent of its total power consumption in fiscal 2020 (up from 16 percent in FY19). This helped prevent the equivalent of 72,739 metric tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions.
Tata Power executed multiple solar solutions including the world’s largest rooftop (16MW) at a single location at Radhasoami Satsang Beas (RSSB), Amritsar; 2.67MW at Cochin International Airport; world’s largest solar powered cricket stadium-Cricket Club of India (CCI) with 820.8 kWp capacity; solar vertical farm (120kW) at Dell Technologies at Bangalore and 1.4MW floating solar at Tata Chemicals, Nellore.