Indian textile factories in rooftop solar drive

Yarn spinning mills located in India‘s ‘textile belt’ in the cities of Coimbatore and Tirupur in Tamil Nadu state are seeking investors for on-site solarà‚ power plants, national newspaper the Economic Times reports.

Trade group the Indian Texpreneurs Federation (ITF), which represents companies across the textile industry, is reportedly in negotiations with three solar project developers for around 50 MW of rooftop solar capacity.

Spinning mills in Tamil Nadu can generally accommodate 1 MW to 3 MW in rooftop solar installations, the Economic Times said.

According to the newspaper, the nation’s drive toward increased use of renewable energy means that a number of small and medium-sized textile mills now get their power from wind farms and solar plants developed by independent power producers.

However, Tamil Nadu’s move to curtail wind power production during the winter, when supply exceeded demand, has created conflict with the factories, leading some owners to turn to solar. à‚ 

Prabhu Damodharan, ITF secretary, said: “A back-of-the-envelope calculation shows rooftop solar farm is an attractive option for investors.” à‚ 

Tamil Nadu’s rooftop solar potential has been estimated at over 500 MW.

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