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Tata Power expands solar module manufacturing plant in India

CTBR Staff Writer Published 16 March 2017

Tata Power Solar has completed an expansion and modernization project of its solar cell and module manufacturing facility in the Indian state of Karnataka.

The expansion of the Bengaluru facility, carried out in two stages, is said to have doubled the solar company’s module capacity from 200MW to 400MW. Besides, it is claimed to have raised the plant’s cell manufacturing capacity by 65% from 180MW to 300MW to meet the growing demand.

Tata Power Solar executive director & CEO Ashish Khanna said: “We have again demonstrated our long-term commitment to manufacturing the best quality panels for our international as well as Indian clients.

“This also validates our capability to manufacture solar panels and cells, comparable to the best in the world, and confidence of guaranteeing these products for 25 years of high quality performance.”

The Indian solar firm has also completed modernization and automation of its entire manufacturing plant during the course of the project. It is the second time that Tata Power Solar has gone in for an expansion of its manufacturing facility in less than three years.

Last month, Tata Power Solar announced the completion of shipping 1GW solar modules across the world.

Tata Power Solar chairman Anil Sardana said: "We are happy to see our team responding to Government of India's call of 'Make in India'. A robust domestic, qualitative manufacturing base is the backbone of any nation and is a strong foundation for long-term viability of sector.

“The gradual turnaround of the company and its expansion in capacity has been a hall mark achievement of Team Tata Power, when other sector players are still facing challenges of sustained economics.”

In August last year, the company commissioned a 100MW solar project for the National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh at Anantapur. The project is claimed to be the largest solar project in the country under the Domestic Content Requirement (DCR).