India's Tata Power Solar has announced the completion of five solar power projects for the Chennai Silks group.
The five solar projects totalling 5.2MW join another Chennai Silk 2MW solar power plant commissioned by Tata last year, bringing the total solar generation capacity to 7.2MW.
The projects are located in Kangeyam of the Tirupur district in the state of Tamil Nadu and were completed in 12 weeks.
The projects were installed for different group companies of The Chennai Silks group, including 1MW arrays for Naachas Wind Energy, Space Textiles, and KTM Jewellery, and installations of 1.1MW for both SCM International Impex and Sathy Silks.
Tamil Nadu suffers from frequent blackouts currently, with many manufacturers relying on diesel generators. The new solar arrays will aid clean energy access in the state.
“The use of solar power in our retail showrooms has helped us reduce our energy costs while also enabling us to reduce our carbon emissions,” said N. K. Nandhagopal, managing director of the Chennai Silks group.
The projects also generated local jobs; Tata Power Solar intends to maintain local employment opportunities for the operation and maintenance of the plants.