News | Tata Power Renewable Energy Illuminates Asia's Largest Tea Estate with Solar
Generate an estimated 1.5 MUs of energy annually; reduces carbon footprint of 29420 lakh tonnes of CO2, equivalent to planting 47,000 teak trees
Tata Power Renewable Energy Limited (TPREL), a prominent player in India's renewable energy sector and a subsidiary of The Tata Power Company Limited, has achieved a significant milestone by successfully commissioning a groundbreaking 1040 kW Bifacial Solar System project at Chengmari Tea Estate, Asia's largest tea estate. This landmark initiative represents the introduction of on-ground bifacial modules for the first time in eastern India.
Overcoming challenging monsoon conditions during a 3.5-month period, the project, involving the installation of around 1,900 modules, was completed within an impressive six-month timeframe. The solar system is anticipated to generate an estimated 1.5 million units of energy annually for the Tea Estate.
Deepesh Nanda, MD & CEO, Tata Power Renewable Energy Limited, expressed pride in announcing the successful commissioning of this innovative Bifacial Solar System project. The Bifacial technology, capturing sunlight from both sides of the solar panels, signifies a substantial leap forward in enhanced clean energy generation. TPREL aims to be at the forefront of this revolution, pushing the boundaries of technological excellence and environmental stewardship.
The recent inauguration ceremony, attended by approximately 100 tea garden workers and owners, highlighted the transformative impact of TPREL's commitment to clean and sustainable energy practices in the region. The initiative is expected to significantly reduce the region's carbon footprint, with an estimated annual decrease of 29,420 lakh tonnes of CO2, equivalent to planting 47,000 teak trees.
Gajendra Sisodia, General Manager, Chengmari Tea Estate, expressed gratitude to Tata Power Renewables for their commitment and expertise in turning the vision of a greener future into reality. He emphasized that the project goes beyond harnessing solar power; it sets a precedent for sustainable practices in the industry, making a lasting positive impact on the environment and paving the way for a more sustainable future.
With this addition, TPREL's total renewables capacity has reached 9,012 MW (PPA capacity is 7,626 MW), comprising 4,752 MW of projects in different phases of development and an operating capacity of 4,260 MW. This includes 3,241 MW in solar projects and 1,019 MW in wind projects, reinforcing TPREL's commitment to driving renewable energy growth in India.