Tata BP Solar India, a joint venture of Tata Power and BP Solar, has commissioned one MW solar power plant under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission (JNNSM) in Mayiladuthurai in Tami Nadu.

The project, owned and developed by B&G Solar Private Limited at Komal West Village, was synchronised to the grid on June 10, three months ahead of schedule.

Commenting on the development, K. Subramanya, CEO, Tata BP Solar, said the project was put up in a record 150 days by the Tata BP Solar team.

The project uses 4400 number of crystalline silicon modules of 230 watts each spread out over an area of 5.5 acres. These modules will generate electric current when solar radiation falls on them.

The solar power plant will generate 1.49 million units of electricity annually. Tata BP Solar has also taken the contract to provide the operation and maintenance (O&M) services to the plant for the first ten years after commissioning. The plant is designed to run for 25 years and the crystalline silicon modules manufactured and supplied by Tata BP are guaranteed to perform for this period with minimal degradation in power output over the long life time. B&G Solar had already signed a power purchase agreement (PPA) with the Tamil Nadu Electricity Board (TNEB) for 25 years to supply power.

B&G Solar Chairman V. Bhaktavatsalam said the company planned to line up 80 such plants totalling 100 MW all over India under the rooftop solar plants scheme of the IREDA (Indian Renewable Energy Development Agency). Tata BP Solar is currently executing around 15 such projects including Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh, Orissa, Jharkhand, Uttarakhand and Rajasthan.

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