Tata Steel commissions 3 MW Solar Power Plant at Noamundi Mines

The project, executed by Tata Power Solar will help reduce CO2 emission by about 3000 tonnes per annum

India CSR News Network

JAMSHEDPUR: 3 MW Solar Photovoltaic (PV) Power Plant has been commissioned at Noamundi by Tata Steel, will help in reducing CO2 emission by about 3000 tonnes per annum. Tata said that it is the 1st Solar Power Plant in any iron ore mine in the country. Set up at a cost of Rs 35 crore, power will be used for captive purpose of mining locations.

Solar Plant was jointly inaugurated today by T V Narendran, Managing Director, Tata Steel India & SEA along with Ashish Khanna, Executive Director & CEO, Tata Power Solar and Sanjeev Mehra, Managing Director, Tata Power Trading Company, in the presence of Rajeev Singhal, Vice President (Raw Materials), Tata Steel, Pankaj Satija, General Manager (Ore Mines & Quarries), Tata Steel and other senior officials of the company.

Tata Steel India MD Narendran said, “We have constantly looked at opportunities to exploit renewable energy sources. This is yet another milestone in quest to become a sustainability driven company, committed to exploring clean energy solutions. Renewable energy is the way of mitigating the impact of climate change.”

Synergy between three Tata companies, namely, Tata Steel, Tata Power Solar and Tata Power Trading Company was instrumental in shaping the project into reality.

With Tata Steel as the sole buyer of all electricity at a contracted tariff, this partnership demonstrates Tata Steel’s commitment to climate action and voice support for supporting a strong outcome at the UN Climate Change Conference Paris 2015 (COP 21).

Khanna said, “This project epitomises new technologies for a sustainable and continuous power requirement and such plants demonstrate how energy needs of the manufacturing sector can be met through clean and renewable sources like solar and has the potential to take usage of solar energy to a new heights.”

Mehra said,  “This Hybrid Solar Power Plant would help in providing reliable and consistent power supply to the industry. It helps in contributing towards Tata Power Group vision of increasing footprints in the renewable sector.”

Solar modules convert the solar radiation into electricity which is converted through inverters to AC power at suitable voltage and then fed to the utility grid with net metering facility for accounting of the solar electricity. In case of complete outage of grid, the solar plant has the capability to synchronize with existing DG bus at processing plant Noamundi and continue operation.

The plant covers 19 acres of land at an elevated reclaimed mining hill with ample undulations and a very rocky terrain. Solar lights have been used for boundary and area lighting around the solar plant. The selected site has a potential of 4.5 MW solar power generation.

A rain water harvesting system has been set-up to collect all surface run-off from rains and module cleaning activities to serve as make-up water and minimize module cleaning water requirement. Horticulture has been planned under the solar panels that will add to the aesthetic value and will reduce cleaning water requirement by binding the loose top soil.



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