Originally published on CleanTechies.
Tata Power Solar, part of one of the most reputed industrial conglomerates, has achieved a significant milestone that no other Indian solar module manufacturer has achieved.
Tata Power Solar recently announced that it became the first Indian manufacturer to have shipped out 1 gigawatt of solar power modules. The company has seen rapid expansion and growth in production as well as exports over the last few years.
Found in 1989 as Tata BP Solar, the company set up it first manufacturing unit in 1991 with a minuscule capacity of 3 megawatts. In 2000, the company achieved Rs 100 crore in sales and also became the first company to upgrade cell manufacturing with a plasma-enhanced vapour deposition system. In 2001, the company achieved Rs 100 crore sales from exports, which increased to Rs 300 crore in 2004.
Tata BP Solar increased solar cell manufacturing capacity to 52 megawatts in 2007 and to 84 megawatts in 2009. In 2011, Tata Power Solar became a subsidiary of the Tata Group, following the exit of BP from the joint venture.
After that, the company expanded its operations as well as EPC services rapidly to match the expansion in the Indian solar power market. In 2012, the company increased its module manufacturing capacity to 200 megawatts. It also commissioned the world’s largest rooftop solar power project of 12 megawatts of capacity the same year.
Last year, the company commissioned a 100 megawatt solar PV project at NTPC’s Anantapur solar power park. The project is the largest solar power project to use Indian-made solar power modules.
Tata Power Solar remains one of the largest solar cell and module manufacturing companies in India. As of 31 December 2016, the company had solar cell production capacity of 300 megawatts and solar module manufacturing capacity of 400 megawatts.
Reprinted with permission.