Tata Power Solar Systems Limited, an Indian company that specializes in solar energy services and a unit of Indian conglomerate Tata Power, is all set to close a deal with the Tamil Nadu Government for construction of a 4 GW solar photovoltaic cell manufacturing unit in the state.
Tata Power’s Solar Cell Unit a Manufacturing Boost Under the PLI Scheme
The factory shall be located in Gangaikondan, in Tirunelveli district, Tamil Nadu. Tata Power shall be making an investment of around ₹ 3,000 crore ($ 403 million) and the factor is likely to generate an employment potential for 2,000 people.
In April 2021, the Indian Union Cabinet had approved a ₹ 4,500 crore Production-linked Incentive scheme to boost domestic manufacturing capacity of solar photovoltaic modules. For setting up the manufacturing unit Tata Power Solar had placed a bid for 4 GW manufacturing capacity under the Indian Government’s Production-linked Incentive (PLI) scheme.
Also, to boost Make in India and reduce import, the Indian Government is planning to enhance funding under production linked incentive scheme for the domestic solar cells and module manufacturing to ₹24,000 crore from the existing ₹4,500 crore.
Solar Cell Manufacturing to Boost Tamil Nadu’s Solar Equipment Manufacturing Sector
The investment commitment by Tata Group will help the state of Tamil Nadu to showcase itself as an attractive solar power manufacturing location and is also expected to boost investments in the state.
Tami Nadu is already home to Vikram Solar, which inaugurated its factory in July 2021 to make panels with 1.2GW capacity.
Also, this project shall contribute to achievement of India’s target to meet 50% of the country’s energy requirements from renewable energy by 2030, as announced by the Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi at Cop26 summit held in Glasgow during November 2021.
Solar Cell & Module Capacity of Tata Power Solar’s: Tata Power Solar has a solar cell and module manufacturing facility in Bengaluru, Karnataka, with an aggregate capacity of 530 MW for solar cells and 580 MW for modules.