Tata Motors’ Pune plant to use solar power to slash carbon emissions by 3500 tonnes

The solar rooftop project is expected to generate nearly 45 lakh KWh per year, reducing carbon emissions by approximately 3,538 tonnes per year.

Autocar Pro News Desk By Autocar Pro News Desk calendar 14 Sep 2021 Views icon17233 Views Share - Share to Facebook Share to Twitter Share to LinkedIn Share to Whatsapp

Tata Motors has signed a solar power purchase agreement with Tata Power to install and operate a 3 MWp rooftop solar project at its passenger vehicle plant in Pune.

This, according to Tata Motors, is part of its commitment to conserve energy and achieve 100% renewable energy source for all its operations. The solar rooftop project is expected to generate nearly 45 lakh KWh per year, reducing carbon emissions by approximately 3,538 tonnes per year.

Rajesh Khatri, VP - Operations, Passenger Vehicle Business Unit, Tata Motors said, “After the recent inauguration of India’s largest solar carport at our car plant in Pune, this project marks a new milestone in our ongoing efforts to reduce our impact on the planet. Energy efficiency is at the core of our efforts and reducing GHG emissions and the carbon footprint of our products play a vital role. We will continue to conserve energy in our manufacturing facilities, optimising consumption of non-renewable fossil fuels, energy productivity, climate change mitigation and lower operating costs.”

Ravinder Singh, chief – Solar Rooftops Business, Tata Power said, “As One Tata initiative, we are glad to partner with Tata Motors to help them transform their PVBU Pune Unit. This partnership represents our collective effort to help Tata Motors lower their carbon footprint and achieve its net zero carbon goal. We will continue to provide such future-focused green energy solutions and continue to strengthen our partners and customers by harnessing clean energy resources.”

Tata Motors says being a signatory of the RE100 it is committed to using 100% renewable power and has taken several strides towards achieving this goal by progressively increasing the proportion of renewable energy used in its operations.

In FY2021, the company’s car plants in Pune and Sanand generated/sourced 26.10 million kWh of renewable electricity, which is 25 percent of its total power (111.3 million units) consumption. This contributed to avoidance of 18,672 metric tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. The company intends to source renewable energy more rigorously, to the extent possible, to meet its aspiration to source 100 percent renewable energy by 2030. 

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