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Daimler India to use solar power at their Chennai production facility

Daimler India to use solar power at their Chennai production facility
Daimler India’s production plant in Chennai was completed in April 2012 (photo from Daimler India Commercial Vehicles)

Daimler India Commercial Vehicles set up a 300 kilowatt solar power plant at their warehouse facility in the city of Chennai.

According to The Hindu, the solar plant will use polycrystalline silicon modules and be connected to the area’s power grid. Power produced will go to the company’s commercial vehicles production plant.

Daimler India opened their production plant in April of last year. Aside from manufacturing facilities, it has an integrated research and development center and test track on the premises.

The plant produces the BharathBenz product line, a line of trucks for the Indian market. It has a production capacity of 36,000 units per year and is designed to allow an increase of up to 70,000 units a year.

Daimler India, a subsidiary of the German automotive group Daimler, invested 40 million rupees in the installation ($750,713) which will help it conform to their solar purchase obligations under the solar policy of the state of Tamil Nadu.

Chennai, the location of both Daimler India’s headquarters and vehicle manufacturing plant, is the capital city of the state of Tamil Nadu.

The state has set a solar target of 3 gigawatts by 2015. As part of their attempts to reach this goal, they have mandated solar purchase obligations from certain power consumers in the state.

S.P.O. mandates that a percentage of certain facilities power must come from solar. These obligations are mandated at 3 percent till December 2013 and 6 percent from 2014 onwards.

Power consumers with S.P.O.’s are special economic zones, I.T. parks, industrial consumers, colleges, residential schools and all buildings with a built up area of more than 20,000 square meters. – EcoSeed Staff



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