Tata Steel commissions first solarpower plant at Noamundi site in India

India-based Tata Steel Group has commissioned its first solar photovoltaic (PV) power plant at the Noamundi iron ore mine site in the state of Jharkhand.

Executed by Tata Power Solar, the 3MW PV project required an investment of Rs350m ($5.4m) and is expected to help reduce emissions by around 3,000t per annum.

The plant covers 19 acres of land at an elevated reclaimed mining hill. The site has a potential of 4.5MW solarpower generation capability. It can also synchronise with an existing distributed generation (DG) bus at the processing plant Noamundi in the event of complete outage.

"Renewable energy is the best way of mitigating the impact of climate change."

Tata Steel India and SEA managing director of T V Narendran said: “We have constantly looked at opportunities to exploit renewable energy sources.

“This is yet another milestone in our quest to become a sustainability driven company, committed to exploring clean energy solutions. Renewable energy is the best way of mitigating the impact of climate change.”

Tata Power Trading Company is also involved in development of the plant, which will help the company demonstrate its commitment to climate action and support the UN Climate Change Conference Paris 2015.

Image: Newly commissioned solarpower plant at Tata Steel’s Noamundi iron ore mine site in Jharkhand, India. Photo: courtesy of Tata Steel