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With the signing of the PPA for the deployment of the solar project, the overall solar capacity of the Indian automaker’s Jamshedpur facility will reach 14 MW.
The onsite solar project is expected to generate 442 million units (MU) of green electricity and potentially mitigate around 350,000 tons of carbon emissions yearly— equalling the plantation of 560,000 trees.
The Jamshedpur plant is the first Tata Motors manufacturing facility to be set up and has state-of-the-art manufacturing and assembly lines, which can roll out a medium or heavy truck every five minutes. The plant achieved World Class Quality Level III Certification in December 2017.
The plant is backed with innovative and global technology while it pioneered global trucking technology in India when the first commercial vehicle rolled out from the Jamshedpur plant through technological collaboration with Germany’s Daimler-Benz.
Being one of the signatories to the global initiative RE100, Tata Motors has committed to using 100% clean and green energy to run its operations and has significantly increased the proportion of renewable energy. The company is working towards procuring 100% renewable energy by the end of the current decade.
Commenting on the signing of the PPA, Tata Motors’ Jamshedpur Plant Head Vishal Badshah said, “It has been our continuous endeavor to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to achieve the net zero emission goal. With this agreement, we are reaffirming our commitment to sustainability by increasing the share of renewable energy in our operations. We firmly believe this will strengthen our journey towards a cleaner and greener future.”
In May, Tata Power and Tata Motors joined hands to develop a 7 MW rooftop solar project at Tata Motors’ Passenger Vehicle Plant in Chikhali, Pune. This is the third phase of a joint 17 MW onsite solar project developed by the two companies, of which 10 MW is already operational.
In a recently held annual general meeting, Tata Power announced plans to invest ₹750 billion (~$9.39 billion) in renewables in the next five years.