Tata Power Solar is India’s largest comprehensive photovoltaic developer and a wholly-owned subsidiary of Tata Power. The company recently stated that it has received an EPC letter of award (LoA) from the Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) for the construction of a 100MW photovoltaic project and a 120MWh utility-scale battery energy storage system (BESS). The total contract value of the project is approximately 9.45 billion rupees, and it is planned to be deployed within 18 months.
Tata Power Solar has already obtained utility-scale EPC orders with a total installed capacity of approximately 4.4GW and a total value of approximately Rs. 900 crore (excluding goods and services tax), thus consolidating its position as India’s leading photovoltaic EPC supplier.
The optical storage project that SECI plans to deploy is located in Chhattisgarh, and its scope of work includes project engineering, design, supply, construction, installation, testing, operation and maintenance and commissioning.
For Tata Power Solar, the deployment of battery energy storage systems can diversify its products in the field of renewable energy.
Commenting on this achievement, Dr. Praveer Sinha, CEO and General Manager of Tata Power, said, “We are very pleased to receive this order from the Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) for the construction of photovoltaic EPC projects and the largest in India. A utility-scale battery energy storage project. This is the second grid-scale photovoltaic power plant we have built to support the deployment of battery energy storage projects. It is also a recognition of Tata Power Solar’s pioneering work in the photovoltaic field."
For Tata Power, the project adds to its growing renewable energy portfolio. The company currently has more than 7GW of ground-based photovoltaic power plants, more than 750MW of rooftop photovoltaic and distributed power generation projects in India, and has installed more than 55,000 photovoltaic water pumps in India so far. In addition to building large-scale photovoltaic projects, the company is also one of the few companies that vigorously promote rooftop photovoltaic deployment (including household photovoltaics) across the country.
The company is deploying another 50MWh battery energy storage project in Leh, Ladakh, Kashmir. Due to technical and other issues raised by stakeholders, the optical storage project in India is still in its infancy and usually progresses slowly, especially in the tendering and final distribution stages. In this case, it took more than a year to finally obtain the LoA, but it should move forward quickly now. With its own battery and module manufacturing facilities, Tata Power has an advantage over other companies during periods of volatile photovoltaic module prices.