A 225 MW hybrid power facility in Rajasthan has been put into operation by Tata Power Green Energy Limited (TPGEL), a company that is entirely owned by Tata Power. Under a power purchase agreement (PPA) with a 25-year expiration date, Tata Power will receive the project’s electricity to distribute to Mumbai.
The revised power supply portfolio for Mumbai’s consumers would increase to 38% non-carbon electricity with the addition of 225 MW of hybrid power to Tata Power. It will be almost twice as much as the required Renewable Purchase Obligation.
A hybrid power system combines many technologies to generate electricity, particularly from renewable sources. This is the first hybrid project created by Tata Power and consists of 96MW of existing wind assets and 225MW of solar assets that were recently put into service at Noorsar in Rajasthan. It will provide roughly 700 MUs of electricity annually. In comparison to solo wind or solar capacity, the combination of solar and wind projects offers the special benefit of a greater capacity utilisation factor.
The non-carbon supply will be around 2,000 MUs, compared to the yearly need of about 5,200 MUs.
Each year, the plant will offset about 700 million kg of carbon dioxide.
The project was given to TPGEL, and Tata Power Solar Systems Limited, an EPC division of Tata Power, completed the solar component of the project. On 1,200 acres of land in Noorsar, Rajasthan, the project was finished on schedule. The project made use of 103 different wind energy producers, each with a different rating, and 5,79,488 total modules from the company’s current wind assets. The project was completed on schedule despite several difficulties such the difficult terrain brought on by numerous tall sand dunes, scorching temperatures exceeding 50 degrees Celsius, and uncommon showers.
Dr. Praveer Sinha, CEO and MD of Tata Power, commented on the project’s commissioning, saying, “We are thrilled to commission our first Hybrid project of 225MW in Rajasthan. The project will significantly strengthen Mumbai Discom’s non-carbon commitment while supplying power to their consumers and our Mumbai Discom. It also demonstrates our commitment to using non-carbon energy to achieve the nation’s clean and green energy ambitions.
The commissioning of this hybrid project will bring Tata Power’s total renewable capacity to 5,524 MW, with 3,859 MW of installed capacity and 1,665 MW under various phases of implementation.