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TPREL Starts Solar Module Production in TN Facility

Tata Power Group’s arm Tata Power Renewable Energy (TPREL) has started commercial production of solar modules from its new plant in Tamil Nadu, with the solar cell production set to commence next month. This development is expected to boost several capacity-addition projects which require locally made products.


Located at Gangaikondan, Tirunelveli district in southern Tamil Nadu, the new solar cell and module facility produced about 130 MW of modules in the March 2024 quarter. After stabilizing of operations within three months, the factory is expected to reach peak capacity of 4.3 GW in the subsequent quarter. Post this, it would start producing 100 percent domestically manufactured cell and module.


TPREL had announced that it would increase investment in the existing agreement with the Tamil Nadu government, to set up four GW of solar cells and solar modules, with an investment of Rs 3,000 crore, in two phases. The expansion will include the upgradation of infrastructure and setting up of an additional 300 MW each of cell and module lines using the latest TOPCon technology. As per the new MoU, this project will entail an additional investment of Rs 800 crore over the next two years.


The modules produced in Tamil Nadu will be used to meet the captive requirements of the company initially. With the PM Surya Ghar Yojana programme, the company expects to boost its play on solar rooftops in the coming months. The rooftop solar market has grown at a CAGR of 17 percent in the past four years and currently, India has 14.5 GW of installed solar rooftop capacity.


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