Tata Power ups PV output to 200MW

Tata Power Solar (TPS) has ramped up production at its PV module factory in Bangalore from 125MW to 200MW.

The 60% production expansion was partly driven by an “expected increase in demand due to supportive policy steps announced recently by the (Indian) government," TPS said in an online statement.

In late May, India’s Commerce Ministry urged the central government to apply anti-dumping duties on foreign PV cells, ranging from $0.48/W for US-made solar kit to $0.81/W for Chinese products.

TPS, a wholly owned subsidiary of Mumbai-based utility Tata Power, expects to benefit from the anticipated duties, despite claims by consultancy Bridge to India that up to 1GW of PV projects could be scrapped if they are introduced.

The company also expects new Prime Minister Narendra Modi to introduce other policies that will support domestic PV manufacturers. Modi, whose Bharatiya Janata Party rose to power in an election on 16 May, has vowed to significantly ramp up nationwide solar development by installing PV in every home in India by 2019.

TPS, which was formed in 1989 as a joint venture between Tata Power and BP Solar, makes PV cells, modules and solar water heaters at its production facilities in Bangalore.

It has supplied solar panels for more than 160MW of ground-mount solar projects in India and 40MW of rooftop capacity.