Mahindra EPC Services has announced the commissioning of two solar plants in Tamil Nadu, set up through a first-of-its-kind initiative for captive consumption of industrial units. The units, with a total capacity of 3.18 MW for two auto parts companies, have come up in Aruppukottai in southern part of the State.

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The two projects are part of a plan by a group of auto component makers, who have joined together to set up solar units through a consortium approach that promises quicker execution besides a host of other benefits.

Seven auto parts makers, comprising mostly forging companies, have planned to set up about 50 MW of solar power units for captive consumption over the next 2-3 years, and have roped in Mahindra EPC to undertake the same. Now, a 1.12 MW unit for M M Forgings and 1.06 MW unit for Super Auto Forge (SAF) have been commissioned by Mahindra EPC. SAF will be generating 11,000 units a day, while MMF will produce 20,000-22,000 units a day through their commissioned capacity.

The consortium approach has helped the companies negotiate better with the EPC contractor and roped in agencies to acquire land and secure approvals within a short time.

With sharing of infrastructure and other costs, the companies are looking at a project cost of Rs.6-6.50 crore as against the prevailing cost of Rs.8 crore per MW, pointed out S. Seetharaman, Chairman and Managing Director, Super Auto Forge.

Basant K .Jain, Chief Executive Officer of Mahindra EPC said the projects were executed in a record time of about 40 days.

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