Madura Coats is India’s leading
manufacturer of sewing, craft threads and garment accessories. It is a part of
the Coats Group PLC which is head quartered in the UK. The group is a world
leader in Industrial thread and customer textile crafts. Since 2000, the group
has taken great initiatives in reducing their energy consumption at all their
facilities. This has been achieved by focusing on energy efficiency, investing
in new technologies and buying increasing amounts of renewable energy. In
India, the company has multiple manufacturing units spread across nine
locations, one of which is located in Ambasamudram, Tirunelveli district, where
the company wanted to explore the opportunity of reducing energy costs by
adopting a green and sustainable source of power.

In phase one, a captive rooftop solar
power plant was recommended to reduce a portion of the energy requirement at
the facility. The Solar plant was an ideal fit as it offered  a great opportunity to use existing shadow
free roof space to generate and self-consume power, thereby helping them reduce
operational costs and carbon footprint at the facility.

A 510 kW grid connected rooftop
solar PV system for captive consumption was installed at the facility. The
system has been designed and implemented by U-Solar Clean Energy Solutions
using the Build Own Operate and Transfer (BOOT) model. The solar financing
option allows the client to lock in risk free savings and avoid steep initial
costs of installing such a system. The company has signed a long term power purchase
agreement (PPA) with a third party energy company at a price lower than the
retail price of electricity being offered by the state utility along with a
mutually agreed escalation year on year.  

The 510 kW system consists of 2,000
solar modules supplied by ReneSola India of 255 Wp capacity and 10 units of 50
kVA Delta RPI-M50A commercial series inverters along with Delta’s Remote
monitoring system. The 510 kW grid connected system is generating approximately
2,300-2400 units/day. The system was commissioned on January 4th
2016. The facility pays a monthly bill to the energy company for the metered
solar power.

The BOOT model offers the client
an opportunity to acquire the requisite infrastructure needed for solar to be
added to the energy mix without the high capital expense and also offers low
risk as the plant is owned and maintained by the third party energy company.

Congratulations to Madura Coats
Pvt. Ltd. for adding solar power to their energy mix. We are looking forward to
them consuming many more units of solar power in the years to come.

U-Solar are proud to be a part of
the project and helping the facility “Go Solar”.