Tata Power Green Energy (TPGEL), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Tata Power, has commissioned a 225 megawatts (MW) hybrid power project in Rajasthan. The power generated from the project will be supplied to Tata Power, Mumbai Distribution under a power purchase agreement (PPA), valid for a period of 25 years, to fulfil its renewable purchase obligation (RPO).
With the addition of 225 MW of hybrid power to Tata Power Mumbai’s customers revised power supply portfolio will rise to 38 per cent non-carbon power. It will be nearly double the mandatory RPO obligation. Against the yearly requirement of nearly 5,200 million unit (Mus) annually the non-carbon supply will be approximately 2,000 MUs.
This is the first hybrid project developed by Tata Power consisting of recently commissioned 225MW of solar power at Noorsar and existing wind assets of 96MW which is expected to generate about 700 MUs (million units) of energy per year.
The plant will annually offset approximately 700 million kg of CO2. The combination of solar and wind projects brings a unique advantage of higher Capacity Utilization Factor as compared to standalone wind or solar capacity.
The project was awarded to TPGEL and the solar part of the project has been executed by Tata Power Solar Systems, an EPC arm of Tata Power. The project was commissioned within the stipulated timeline in 1,200 acres of land at Noorsar in Rajasthan. The project has used 5,79,488 modules and 103 individual wind energy generators of various ratings from the company’s existing wind assets. Inspite of the various challenges like rugged terrain caused by multiple high sand dunes, harsh temperature of 50 degree Celsius and unusual rains, the project was delivered as per the stipulated timeline.
With the commissioning of this hybrid project, the total renewables capacity of Tata Power reaches 5,524 MW with an installed capacity of 3,859 MW and 1,665 MW under various stages of implementation.