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Tata Steel to create one world’s largest solar projects in the Netherlands

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Working with Pure Energie, the sustainable energy developer, Tata Steel will mount 80,000 solar panels on the factory roofs at its IJmuiden steelworks – an area equivalent to 40 football pitches.

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The solar project will have a 22 megawatt capacity and will generate the same amount of energy needed to power about 7,000 homes.

Hans Fischer, Chief Technical Officer of Tata Steel’s European operations, said: “This project will further minimise our carbon footprint. Since 1990 we have reduced the amount of energy needed to produce steel by more than 30% at our IJmuiden site, which is already one of the world’s most energy-efficient steel plants.”

Tata Power Solar is in discussions to supply the solar panels in what would be its biggest international project. Pure Energie will fund the development. The energy generated will be used in steel manufacturing processes. The two-year installation of the panels will start in the spring of 2016 and cover a total of 25 hectares.

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