Tata Hitachi Construction Machinery Plants Switch to Photovoltaic Power Generation Reduce Power Consumption by Approximately 30%
Tokyo, Japan March 19, 2019—- Hitachi Construction Machinery Co., Ltd. (TSE: 6305; “Hitachi Construction Machinery”) today announced that its consolidated subsidiary Tata Hitachi Construction Machinery Company Private Limited (Managing Director: Sandeep Singh, Headquarters: Bangalore, Karnataka, India, “Tata Hitachi”), which is responsible for sales and servicing of construction machinery and manufacture and sales of components, will start using electric power generated by solar panels installed on the site of its Kharagpur Works in West Bengal State.
Through this initiative, from 2019 approximately 7,000 MWh per year, equivalent to about 30% of the power consumption of Kharagpur Works, will be provided by environment-friendly renewable energy. This is expected to bring a CO2 reduction of 3,500 tons per year, with annual power costs falling by 14.7 million Indian rupees (approximately 23 million yen).
In addition, LED lighting has already been installed in the Kharagpur Works administration building. Compared to conventional fluorescent lighting, power consumption can be reduced by approximately 76 MWh per year, resulting in an annual power cost reduction of about 680,000 Indian rupees (approximately 1 million yen).
Since March 2018, Tata Hitachi has been using electric power generated by solar panels installed outside the site of its Dharwad Works through a power purchase agreement supported by Karnataka State’s open access system*. 7,500 MWh per year, equivalent to approximately 75% of the power consumption of Dharwad Works, is now provided by environment-friendly renewable energy.
India’s economic development has been accompanied by a demand for power that is growing at an average rate of 4.9% per year. India is expected to overtake the EU by 2025 to become the third largest power consuming nation after China and the U.S., but as matters stand now, the power supply is unstable due to the chronic lack of supply capability. In this context, the Indian government has set a target of 175 GW (100 GW from photovoltaics and solar power, 60 GW from wind power, 10 GW from biomass and 5 GW from small hydro power) by 2022 as a plan for promoting introduction of renewable energy. Through this initiative and in support of the government’s plan, Tata Hitachi will work towards stabilization of the power supply, reduction of power costs and reduction of CO2 emissions.
Together with Hitachi Ltd., the Hitachi Construction Machinery Group is engaged in energy-saving activities at five of its plants in Ibaraki Prefecture, Japan. On January 30, the group received the Chairman’s Prize, the Energy Conservation Center, Japan in the Successful Case of Energy Conservation Category of the FY2018 Grand Prize for Excellence in Energy Efficiency and Conservation.
In addition, the entire group is working towards energy conservation in various manufacturing processes. The current initiative is part of this effort.
* Third parties such as power generators by natural energy and power suppliers have priority to use or have access to the transmission and distribution systems in certain areas.
Tata Hitachi overview
- Company name
Tata Hitachi Construction Machinery Company Private Limited
- Number of employees (as of January 31, 2019)
- Number of locations (as of January 31, 2019)
Manufacturing locations: 3
Sales and service locations: 32
- India operations sales revenue (FY2017 results consolidated with HCM)
65.1 billion yen
- Production items
■Dharwad Works : Mini excavators, medium-sized hydraulic excavators, backhoe loaders
■Kharagpur Works ： Medium-sized hydraulic excavators, large hydraulic excavators, rigid dump trucks, wheel loaders
■Jamshedpur Works ： Components for hydraulic excavators
1984 Hitachi Construction Machinery and construction machinery departments of TELCO (currently: Tata Motors Ltd.) enter into business partnership
1998 Operation begins at manufacturing factory in Dharwad
2000 Equity participation in TELCO CONSTRUCTION EQUIPMENT Co., Ltd. (TELCO wholly-owned subsidiary) by Hitachi Construction Machinery
2008 Operation begins at manufacturing factory in Kharagpur
2010 Becomes consolidated subsidiary of Hitachi Construction Machinery
2012 Changes name to Tata Hitachi Construction Machinery Company Limited
2015 Changes name to Tata Hitachi Construction Machinery Company Private Limited
About Hitachi Construction Machinery Co., Ltd.
Hitachi, Construction Machinery Co., Ltd., (TSE: 6305), headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, is a global Construction Machinery company with approximately 24,570 employees worldwide. Fiscal 2017 (ended March 31, 2018) consolidated revenues totaled 959 billion yen. Hitachi Construction Machinery will focus more than ever on the Construction and Mining Machinery Business, which includes Hydraulic Excavators, Wheel Loaders, Rigid Dump Trucks, Compaction Equipment, Applications and Mine Management Systems. For more information on Hitachi Construction Machinery, please visit the company’s website at
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