Tata Power Solar will supply 10MW of modules to a project in Rajasthan, India, under the domestic content requirements (DCRs) for the second phase of its Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission (JNNSM) to build up PV generation capacity in the country.
Tata Power Solar, subsidiary of Indian conglomerate Tata Power Limited, will manufacture the required 45,000 modules at its facility in Bangalore. The Bangalore plant has a capacity of 200MW, recently expanded from less than half that size.
The project will therefore contribute to the 375MW of PV generation capacity built with domestically produced solar modules and equipment that India’s Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) is seeking to introduce. The DCR is an attempt to boost solar manufacturing in India. Its introduction was originally accompanied by lobbying from the industry for anti-dumping duties on imported modules. However the MNRE later decided to drop the proposed anti-dumping measures, while the domestic content requirement was trimmed back to 375MW of projects, from an original 500MW.
Tata Solar and its chief executive officer, Ajay Goel had been among the strongest industry advocates for temporary anti-dumping measures, arguing in June that a failure to apply trade duties would result in Indian solar manufacturing being “dead within six months”.
There had also been fears in the industry that it would be hard for some projects made with domestically produced modules to receive funding from banks and other lending institutions, due to perceived reliability issues. As Tata Solar’s modules are classed as tier one for bankability, it is unlikely they will encounter serious problems in that respect.
German developer IBC Solar and LNB Renewable Energy, itself a subsidiary of another Indian conglomerate, LN Bangur Group, will build the plant. According to a release by Tata, LNB Renewable Energy is aiming to commission 100MW of wind and solar across India within the next two years.