Tata Steel’s Noamundi mine became the country’s first iron-ore mine to have solar plant for reducing carbon footprint. “With due consideration towards Tata Steel’s initiatives towards reducing carbon footprint, a three MW solar photovoltaic(PV) power plant has been commissioned at Noamundi and this is the first solar power plant in any iron-ore mine in the country,” Tata Steel said today in a release. The project, executed by Tata Power Solar will help in reducing carbon emission by about 3,000 tonnes per annum. Noamundi mines is open cast iron-ore mine of Tata Steel and located in Jharkhand. “We have constantly looked at opportunities to exploit renewable energy sources.
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This is yet another milestone in our quest to become a sustainability driven company, committed to exploring clean energy solutions. Renewable energy is the best way of mitigating the impact of climate change,” Tata Steel managing director T V Narendran said. Set up at a cost of Rs 35 crore and covering 19 acres, the power from the plant, Tata Steel will be the sole buyer at a contracted tariff. The selected site has a potential of 4.5 MW solar power generation. Tata Steel vice-president (raw materials) Rajeev Singhal speaking at the solar power plant inauguration in Jamshedpur said the company is planning to set up a roof top solar power plant at its operation areas in the steel city and Kalinganagar in Odisha.