Tata Power signs solar PPA with General Electric
Tata Power Renewable Energy, the subsidiary of the Indian utility, has announced the signing of a power purchase agreement (PPA) with the US-based conglomerate General Electric (GE).
The India renewables company will provide solar installations for six manufacturing and services sites across the country.
The solar solutions will be applied to the rooftops of the sites, located in Pune, Marhowra in Bihar, Roza in Uttar Pradesh, Durgapur in West Bengal, and Pallavaram and Hosur in Tamil Nadu.
The build-own-operate projects will collectively generate more than 1mn kWh of power per annum
With the renewable power, GE is expected to reduce its emissions by more than 13,000kg of CO2 per day, whilst the solar projects will reduce tariffs by approximately 30%.
“Tata Power will install solar rooftop projects at manufacturing sites located at Durgapur in West Bengal, Pallavaram and Hosur in Tamil Nadu, multi-modal manufacturing site at Pune and upcoming factory at Marhowra in Bihar and maintenance facility at Roza in Uttar Pradesh,” the company said in a statement.
Drax advances biomass strategy with Pinnacle acquisition
The Group’s enlarged supply chain will have access to 4.9 million tonnes of operational capacity from 2022. Of this total, 2.9 million tonnes are available for Drax’s self-supply requirements in 2022, which will rise to 3.4 million tonnes in 2027.
The £424 million acquisition of the Canadian biomass pellet producer supports Drax' ambition to be carbon negative by 2030, using bioenergy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS) and will make a "significant contribution" in the UK cutting emissions by 78% by 2035 (click here).
This summer Drax will undertake maintenance on its CfD(2) biomass unit, including a high-pressure turbine upgrade to reduce maintenance costs and improve thermal efficiency, contributing to lower generation costs for Drax Power Station.
In March, Drax secured Capacity Market agreements for its hydro and pumped storage assets worth around £10 million for delivery October 2024-September 2025.
The limitations on BECCS are not technology but supply, with every gigatonne of CO2 stored per year requiring approximately 30-40 million hectares of BECCS feedstock, according to the Global CCS Institute. Nonetheless, BECCS should be seen as an essential complement to the required, wide-scale deployment of CCS to meet climate change targets, it concludes.