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Tata Power Solar successfully commissions Phase II of solar power project for The Chennai Silks group; takes their total capacity to 7.2 MW- By Tata Power Solar

Bangalore, India; 26th September 2014: Tata Power Solar, India’s largest integrated solar player, has successfully executed five different solar power projects for The Chennai Silks group, constituting a total of 5.2 MW solar power plant. Coupled with the 2 MW solar plant commissioned last year by Tata Power Solar, the total installed solar power capacity of the group comes to 7.2 MW.

These five different solar projects, executed for different group companies of The Chennai Silks group, are located in Kangeyam of Tirupur district in Tamil Nadu and achieved power generation in 12 weeks. The five group companies include: Naachas Wind Energy Pvt. Ltd. (1 MW), Space Textiles Pvt. Ltd. (1 MW), KTM Jewellery (P) Ltd. (1 MW), SCM. International Impex (1.1 MW) and Sathy Silks Pvt. Ltd. (1.1 MW).

Power shortage is a major issue in Tamil Nadu, with several manufacturing facilities in the region suffering from power shortage and relying on expensive diesel generators. For The Chennai Silk's group, venturing into solar power is a step towards making solar a mainstream source of power generation.

“We installed these solar plants for captive consumption of power, as well as to avail of the accelerated depreciation benefits. The use of solar power in our retail showrooms has helped us reduce our energy costs while also enabling us to reduce our carbon emissions by 890 grams/kWh. Tata Power Solar’s experience and capability in swiftly executing solar power plants have been the primary reasons to choose them, time and again.” saysMr. N. K. Nandhagopal, MD, The Chennai Silks group.

Tata Power Solar had engaged local contractors for 45 days of field work, creating a range of job opportunities for the region. Tata Power Solar continues to extend job opportunities for the operations and maintenance of these captive power plants.

“This project exemplifies our ability to execute complex and simultaneous solar projects, backed by our strong lineage of quality performance and resource optimization. We take pride in our association with The Chennai Silks group to execute seven solar power projects for them in a period of two years.” said Dr. Arul Shanmugasundram, EVP Projects and CTO, Tata Power Solar.

These ground-mounted solar power plants were commissioned in an area of 25 acres of land. In addition, small tracker systems were installed at some of the plants. The plant is continually managed, with a centralized monitoring system and an onsite operations team.

About Tata Power Solar:

Tata Power Solar (TPS), with 25 years of deep domain expertise, is one of the pioneering solar manufacturers in the world and India’s largest specialised EPC player. TPS, which is now a wholly owned subsidiary of Tata Power, was founded in 1989 as a joint venture between Tata Power and British Petroleum Solar (BP Solar).

Headquartered in Bangalore, Tata Power Solar operates three world-class manufacturing units in Bangalore, with a production capacity of 200 MW of modules and 180 MW of cells. It has completed more than 160 MW of ground-mount utility scale and 40 MW of rooftop and distributed generation projects across the country as of FY14. It also offers a diverse line of solar products for both urban and rural markets – these include water heaters, home lighting, street lighting, power packs, and water pumps among others.

Tata Power Solar has a strong national presence with 8 regional offices, 40 authorized service centres plus a network of more than 1000 channel partners nationwide. Tata Power Solar is committed to enabling solar everywhere and aims to provide energy access to millions of people across the country via its integrated solar solutions.

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