Tata Power Solar, Tata Power’s wholly owned subsidiary, has been awarded a project in Leh, Ladakh, to construct a solar PV plant with a 50 MWh Battery Energy Storage System (BESS).The 50 MW solar PV plant will be built through an EPC (engineering, procurement, and construction) model. This will be India’s first co-located largescale BESS solution, as well as the Union Territory of Ladakh’s first large-scale solar PV project. The project, to be built at a height of 3,600 metres above sea level has an order value is Rs 3.86 billion. The commercial operations are scheduled to begin in March 2023.
Such a storage device can secure power supply in the vital region. Given the intermittent nature of electricity from sustainable energy sources such as solar and wind, large battery storages can assist India’s electrical networks. 1 GWh of battery capacity is enough to power one million households for an hour and about 30,000 electric vehicles. With the inclusion of this project, Tata Power Solar’s order pipeline currently stands at 4 GWp, with an order value of Rs 124.14 billion. The scope of work entails design, engineering, supply and procurement, turnkey construction of a solar photovoltaic grid-connected power plant and BESS, as well as 10 years of operations and maintenance services.
Previously, the company won an auction held by Gujarat for 400 MW of projects to be developed in the Dholera solar park.With Mukesh Ambani’s Reliance Industries Ltd recently announcing intentions to build an Advanced Energy Storage Giga Factory, India’s blueprint for creating a battery storage ecosystem is gaining steam. Similarly, state-owned NTPC Ltd has floated a global tender for setting up 1GWh grid-scale battery storage system.