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June 18, 2021

Tata Group inaugurates India’s largest solar carport at Pune plant

By Graeme Roberts

Tata Motors and group affiliate Tata Power have jointly inaugurated India’s largest grid synchronized, behind the meter solar carport at the car plant in Chikhali, Pune.

The 6.2MWp solar carport will generate 8.64m kWh of electricity per year and is estimated to reduce 7,000 tons of carbon emissions annually and 160,000 tonnes over its lifecycle.

Spanning 30,000 square metres, this carport both generate green power and provide covered parking for completed cars at the plant.

Envisioned as part of its net zero carbon goal for 2039, Tata Motors had entered into a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with Tata Power on 31 August, 2020. Despite the challenges of COVID-19, both companies successfully managed to develop this massive carport infrastructure in a record 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% renewable energy source for all our operations. Our partnership with Tata Power to deploy India’s largest solar carport… is a step in that direction.”

Being a signatory of the RE100, Tata Motors is committed to use 100% renewable power and has taken several steps towards achieving this goal by progressively increasing the proportion of renewable energy used in its operations.

In fiscal 2020, the company generated 88.71m kWh of renewable electricity which is over 21% of its total power consumption (up from 16% in FY19). This helped prevent the equivalent of 72,739 metric tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. The company further intends to source renewable energy more rigorously to meet its aspiration of sourcing 100% renewable energy by 2030.

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