India’s largest solar car-parking is now operational in Pune

Tata Motors and Tata Power jointly inaugurated India’s largest grid-synchronized, behind-the-meter solar carport at the Tata Motors car plant in Chikhali, Pune on 18th June 2021.

To give you a little background, Tata Motors has set a net zero carbon goal for the year 2039 & since long they’ve helped ferry around important Government of India officials in Tata Tigor EVs. Their Tata Nexon EV is one of the most popular electric vehicles that you can currently buy in India.

Continuing in this ‘green’ direction, Tata Motors and Tata Power jointly inaugurated India’s largest grid-synchronized, behind-the-meter solar carport at the Tata Motors car plant in Chikhali, Pune. The 6.2 MWp solar carport deployed by Tata Power will generate 86.4 lakh kWh of electricity per year and is estimated to reduce 7,000 tons of carbon emissions annually and 1.6 lakh tons over its lifecycle.

India's largest solar carport at the Tata Motors plant in Pune
India’s largest solar carport at the Tata Motors plant in Pune

Spanning over 30,000 square meters, this carport will not only generate green power, but will also provide covered parking for finished cars in the plant. Being a signatory of the RE100, Tata Motors is committed to use 100% renewable power and has taken several strides towards achieving this goal by progressively increasing the proportion of renewable energy used in its operations. In FY20, the company generated 88.71 million 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 per cent renewable energy by 2030.

30,000 square meters  of solar power generating car parking
30,000 square meters of solar power generating car parking

Tata Power comes with a successful background of executing multiple large solar solutions including the world’s largest rooftop (16MW) at a single location at Radhasoami Satsang Beas (RSSB), Amritsar; 2.67MW at Cochin International Airport; world’s largest solar powered cricket stadium, Cricket Club of India with 820.8 kWp capacity; unique installation of solar vertical farm (120kW) at Dell Technologies at Bangalore and 1.4MW floating solar at Tata Chemicals, Nellore. In addition, Tata Power is carrying out an extensive pan-India residential rooftop program to make people aware on the benefits of savings through solar energy.

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