Mumbai: Tata Power, India’s largest integrated power Company, through its 100 per cent subsidiary Coastal Gujarat Power has always endeavored towards green and sustainable development of the village in and around its area of operation. Under this Green village concept, Tata Power successfully installed 36 Bio-Gas plants across 8 villages. The Company has undertaken the installation of Bio-Gas plants under project ‘Annapurna’ in Mundra and Mandvi in association with Tata Power Community Development Trust (TPCDT)
With this initiative, Tata Power aims to promote the use of Household Bio-Gas by creating awareness on the optimal use of cow dung. Being considerably cheaper than conventional energy sources, the daily input in each Bio Gas plant is nearly 40 KG which enables cooking for a family of 5-6 people.
The total cost of each plant is Rs. 26,200, of which Rs. 18,000 was invested by Tata Power with Rs. 8200 contributed by the community. The used cow dung can be further reused as fertilizer, whereas maintenance of the unit is simple and stress free. The unit has also resulted in monthly savings of nearly Rs 300 which was earlier spent on wood and kerosene. Additionally, the unit assists in protection of the environment as well as health of the villagers as it avoids the pollution caused by burning wood. This reduction in pollution further protects the families from future ailments such as asthmatic problems, cataract etc.
Speaking on the initiative, Mr. K.K. Sharma, CEO and ED – CGPL stated that “At Tata Power we understand the need for the holistic development of community. The Company has constantly aimed to ensure effective and sustainable development which enables us to create a world which is conscious of its responsibilities towards the environment. The Bio-Gas plants equip us with a bouquet of benefits while utilising readily available natural resources which protects villagers from chronic diseases arising out of burning wood and coal. We aspire to work collectively for the augmentation of the society and will continue implementing such initiatives in the future. We would like to take this opportunity to thank the Tata Power team, Tata Power Community Development Trust and all affiliated parties for their support and participation.”
Prior to initiating the project, the Tata Power team conducted a consultative process with the community in order to obtain their views, awareness on usage, feedback on the units as installed last year and their benefits thus far. Furthermore, the Company approached Sintax Industries Limited, which is one of the leading manufacturers of Household Bio-gas units. Tata Power also collected feedback from the community in order to equip Sintax with all operational suggestions and experiences. The consultative process proved to be extremely fruitful, increasing the acceptability of the project among the community.
About Tata Power:
Tata Power is India’s largest integrated power company with a growing international presence. The Company together with its subsidiaries and jointly controlled entities has an installed gross generation capacity of  MW in India and a presence in all the segments of the power sector viz. Fuel Security and Logistics, Generation (thermal, hydro, solar and wind), Transmission, Distribution and Trading. It has successful public-private partnerships in Generation, Transmission and Distribution in India namely “Tata Power Delhi Distribution Limited” with Delhi Vidyut Board for distribution in North Delhi, ‘Powerlinks Transmission Ltd.’ with Power Grid Corporation of India Ltd. for evacuation of Power from Tala hydro plant in Bhutan to Delhi and ‘Maithon Power Ltd.’ with Damodar Valley Corporation for a 1050 MW Mega Power Project at Jharkhand. Tata Power has developed the country’s first 4000 MW Ultra Mega Power Project at Mundra (Gujarat) based on super-critical technology. It is also one of the largest renewable energy players in India. Its international presence includes strategic investments in Indonesia through a 30% stake in the leading coal company PT Kaltim Prima Coal (KPC), 26% stake in mines at PT Baramulti Suksessarana Tbk (“BSSR”) and a geothermal project; in Singapore through Trust Energy Resources to securitise coal supply and the shipping of coal for its thermal power generation operations; in South Africa through a joint venture called ‘Cennergi’ to develop projects in South Africa, Botswana and Namibia; in Australia through investments in enhanced geothermal and clean coal technologies and in Bhutan through a hydro project in partnership with The Royal Government of Bhutan. With its track record of technology leadership, project execution excellence, world class safety processes, customer care and driving green initiatives, Tata Power is poised for a multi-fold growth and committed to ‘lighting up lives’ for generations to come.