Tata BP Solar expands capacity by 62%
Tata BP Solar, a joint venture between BP Solar and Tata Power, has announced to add a new production line of 32 MW of solar photovoltaic (PV) cells at its plant in Bangalore. This new addition will increase the plant’s cell capacity from present 52 MW to 84 MW with module capacity at 125MW.
Prasad Menon, MD, Tata Power, said: "In view of the huge demand supply gap in the power sector in India, large scale use of solar energy is imperative, especially given the abundant sunshine available all over the country throughout the year. The key to growing the mass market is cost reduction which will not happen without achieving large-scale supply. Tata BP Solar is building some of India’s largest solar plants."
The company manufactures high quality, low-cost crystalline silicon cells (both mono- and multi-crystalline) and solar modules used to generate electricity from sunlight. Tata BP Solar cells and modules are integrated into solar products such as home lighting systems, street lights, and telecommunication towers or connected to the electricity grid to export the power generated directly from solar plants on rooftops or in open fields.
Reyad Fezzani, CEO, BP Solar, said: “Global demand for Solar is expected to grow over 80% in 2010, and in India it is likely to grow fivefold to 150MW. In the longer term, the Indian market is poised to become a world-scale market by 2022 stimulated by the supportive policies announced by the Government of India."