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India's Tata Power Solar commissions largest PV plant for Karnataka

52-acre PV plant for manufacturer Jindal Aluminium to lead solar power in South West India state

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The 10MW PV plant in Karnataka will produce over 18 million kWh of solar power a year

Leading Indian renewable energy company Tata Power Solar has commissioned Karnataka's largest PV power plant to date. The 52-acre PV power plant has been developed for firm manufacturer Jindal Aluminium (JAL), which is based in the South West India state of Karnataka.

The 10MW grid-connected PV plant, which has been built on converted non-agricultural land, will produce over 18 million kWh annually of solar power, covering the annual energy needs of over 70,000 Indian households. It follows news in July of Tata Power announcing plans to build a 130-acre PV power plant in India. The 28MW facility will be built in the Satara district, Maharashtra.

Ajay Goel, CEO, Tata Power Solar, said of the latest news: "Our work with Jindal Aluminum on this 10MW plant, the largest to-date in Karnataka, showcases our team's deep capability and expertise in building large-scale solar projects."

A total of 48,000 multicrystalline modules, each with an average output of 240Wp, have been installed on the 52 acres of non-agricultural land in Kalamarahalli, Chitradurga, Karnataka. After a land conversion process, the site was developed into a solar farm with 16,000 foundations laid to support the structural framework of 2,000 mounts within a two-month time frame.

According to a report by Central Electricity Authority (CEA), Karnataka has faced an energy deficit of 17.8 per cent. As part of the RPO targets fixed by the state electricity regulators, Karnataka is mandated to purchase 0.25 per cent from solar energy as a percentage of its total procurement during a year.

Ajay Aggarwal, company secretary, said: "Jindal Aluminium strongly believes in the role of renewable energy to solve the energy deficit in Karnataka and hence adopted solar as one of the solutions. We are glad to partner with Tata Power Solar for setting up this grid-connected solar power plant. The project was not only completed within a scheduled time frame, but was also professionally executed with high quality. With the high energy performance ratio achieved in its initial phase of operation, our association with Tata Power Solar will only grow stronger in our future projects."