Tata BP Solar bags Golden Peacock award
Tata BP Solar, a leading player in the solar energy domain, has bagged the ‘Golden Peacock Award 2009 for Innovation’ for the path-breaking solutions devised by it in the delivery of solar home lighting systems in rural areas in north India. The award, instituted by the Institute of Directors, was received by Tom Prescott from BP at a ceremony held in London recently.
K Subramanya, CEO, Tata BP Solar, said, “By partnering with regional rural banks such as Aryavart Gramin Bank, Lucknow, Tata BP Solar has broken new ground in making solar home lighting systems available and affordable for villagers in north India, especially in Uttar Pradesh. We have also devised innovative solutions to provide after-sales service in the interiors of Chhattisgarh by engaging and training the local youth in maintenance of the village-level solar plants set up there by the state government.”
Tata BP has sold more than 50,000 solar home lighting systems in Uttar Pradesh in the last two years by tying up with regional rural banks, which provide small loans to the villagers to enable them to purchase solar lighting systems on monthly installments.
In Chhattisgarh, Tata BP Solar has installed more than 300 village-level solar plants for the Chhattisgarh Renewable Energy Development Agency (CREDA). The company initiated a unique concept to identify and train local youth in each village and engaged them as facilitators to look after the plants.
Tata BP Solar designs, manufactures, distributes and services solar photovoltaic (PV) cells, modules and systems as well as solar thermal solutions such as solar water heaters for individuals, institutions, businesses, and governments. The Bangalore-based company with an all-India network of regional offices and authorized dealers achieved a turnover of more than Rs1100 crore in 2008-09.